Twist in Edward Montour death penalty case, he may have been wrongly convicted in 1st case

CASTLE ROCK, Colo. - A Douglas County judge will hear arguments Thursday over whether to delay the death penalty trial of an inmate accused of killing a prison guard after new evidence cast doubt on the inmate's original conviction.

Prosecutors are asking to postpone the current trial for at least a month so they can respond to questions about whether Edward Montour killed his 11-week old daughter in 1997.

On Tuesday, a coroner changed Taylor Montour's manner of death from homicide to unknown.

Montour was serving a life sentence for her death when prosecutors say he killed corrections officer Eric Autobee.

Autobee's family wants Montour sentenced to life in prison for the murder, but prosecutors are seeking the death penalty because Montour was already serving a life sentence.

Montour's attorneys want the death penalty dropped because they say he was wrongly convicted in his daughter's murder.

 

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