Colorado

Jan 25, 2014 8:04 AM by Jeff Langan

Prosecutors oppose testimony from victim's parents

CASTLE ROCK, Colo. (AP) - Prosecutors say the parents of a slain corrections officer shouldn't be allowed to testify that they oppose the death penalty when the man charged with killing their son goes on trial.

A motion filed Jan. 6 argues that Colorado law allows victims to testify about the impact a crime had on them but not about their opinions on the death penalty.

Bob Autobee, whose son Eric was beaten to death at a state prison in Limon in 2002, wants to testify against the death penalty at the trial for Edward Montour if Montour is convicted of murder in Eric Autobee's death.

Montour originally pleaded guilty and was sentenced to die but won a new trial. He has pleaded to not guilty by reason of insanity.

Jury selection is underway.

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