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Feb 27, 2014 6:40 AM by Chelsea DeCesare

Judge considers trial delay in prison guard death

CASTLE ROCK (AP) - A suburban Denver judge will hear arguments over whether to delay the death penalty trial of an inmate accused of killing a prison guard after new evidence cast doubt on his original conviction.

At a hearing on Thursday in Douglas County District Court, prosecutors will ask to postpone the trial for at least a month so they can respond to questions about whether Edward Montour actually killed his 11-week old daughter. On Tuesday, a coroner changed Taylor Montour's manner of death from homicide to unknown.

Montour was serving a life sentence for her 1997 death when prosecutors say he killed corrections officer Eric Autobee.

His attorneys want the death penalty dropped because they say he was wrongly convicted. Prosecutors said Wednesday they need more time to re-analyze the girl's death.

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