Ex-wife of Clifton homicide victim arrested for conspiracy to commit murder

Georgina Misener, 33, of Tucson, was arrested Tuesday evening on a warrant for murder in the first degree and conspiracy to commit premeditated murder in the first degree of her ex-husband, Matthew Misener, 35, of Safford.

By Jon Johnson


TUCSON – Georgina Misener, 33, the ex-wife of Clifton homicide victim Matthew Gerald Misener, 35, of Safford, was arrested in Tucson on Tuesday at about 5:10 p.m. on a warrant for murder in the first degree and conspiracy to commit premeditated murder in the first degree. 

According to Clifton Police Chief Omar Negrete, their investigation found information that showed Georgina Misener had communicated with Eduardo Montano Jr., 36, of Tucson, to help him commit the murder.

“We found information during search warrants and our investigation in their communications that she (Georgina Misener) gave Mr. Montano information in order for him to go out and commit the murder,” Chief Negrete said.

Montano is suspected of fatally shooting Matthew Misener, as he was on his way to work at the Morenci mine in the early morning hours of Feb. 10. Matthew Misener was driving a black, Chevrolet Tahoe on U.S. Highway 191 and was shot as he began to enter the “Horseshoe Curve” between Clifton and Morenci. The incident took place just before 5 a.m., and the Clifton Fire Chief called it in after noticing the bullet-ridden vehicle. Other citizen responders in the area also stopped to help and then noticed the vehicle had been shot. 

Contributed Photo: Matthew Misener, 35, of Safford, was killed in a traffic shooting incident early Monday morning in Clifton.

Matthew Misener was scheduled to go to a hearing the day after his shooting regarding an attempt to establish full custody of his three children he shared with his ex-wife and investigators are looking into if that issue had anything to do with the homicide. A GoFundMe account has been started to help the family with funeral expenses. Click here to view the account or donate.     

Montano was previously arrested in the early morning hours of Feb. 13 in Tucson after being in custody since late Feb. 12 as first reported in the Gila Herald. He has since been brought back to Greenlee County and has been charged with one count of premeditated murder in the first degree and was assigned Daisy Flores as his court-appointed attorney. He is being held on a $1 million bond.

Chief Negrete said Georgina Misener and Montano knew each other but did not disclose what type of relationship they had.  

Georgina Misener will be booked into the Pima County Jail and will later be extradited to Greenlee County to face her charge. 

The case remains under investigation.

“We’re still currently investigating it just to make sure we cover everything – if anybody else is involved,” Chief Negrete said. “We’re working to uncover just to make sure anybody who had anything to do with the murder is caught.”  

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