"Judge denies prosecutors' request for time in Colorado prison killing case amid new questions," is the AP report filed by Sadie Gurman. It's via the Greenfield Reporter.
A Colorado judge ruled Friday not to delay the death penalty trial of a man accused of killing a prison guard, despite prosecutors' request for more time to respond to new questions about the suspect's original conviction.
Douglas County District Judge Richard B. Caschette denied District Attorney George Brauchler's request to postpone the trial of Edward Montour, who was serving a life sentence for the 1997 death of his 11-week-old daughter when prosecutors say he beat to death corrections officer Eric Autobee in 2002. He pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity, and prosecutors are seeking the death penalty. Opening statements are expected to begin next week.
Brauchler sought more time after defense attorneys announced during jury selection that they would call new witnesses who would testify that Montour's daughter, Taylor, suffered an undiagnosed bone disease, and her death was an accident. Caschette also refused to eliminate the new witnesses.
Earlier coverage of the high visibility Colorado case begins at the link.