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Aug 14, 2013 12:18 AM by Juice Godfrey

Insanity plea for man accused in prison slaying

DENVER (AP) - A man who withdrew his guilty plea in the 2002 killing of a corrections officer has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity in Douglas County District Court.

Edward Montour is accused of killing Eric Autobee by striking him in the head with a kitchen ladle at the Limon Correctional Facility.

According to the Denver Post, Montour entered his new plea on Tuesday.

The case has lingered in court for more than 10 years following a judge's imposition of the death penalty, which was later thrown out by the Colorado Supreme Court. The court ruled in 2007 that only a jury can hand down death sentences.

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