Court appearance for man charged in slayings

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- A Tennessee prison guard has made his first court appearance to face charges that he killed two small-town postal workers.

Chastain Montgomery Sr. told a federal magistrate judge Tuesday afternoon in Memphis that he wants to hire a private attorney and he expects it to take three weeks.

He faces two counts of killing a government employee and other charges in the Oct. 18 shootings inside the post office in Henning, Tenn.

An indictment says the 47-year-old Montgomery fatally shot Judy Spray and Paula Robinson while robbing the post office with his son.

The son, Chastain Montgomery Jr., was killed in a shootout with police on Feb. 14.

The elder Montgomery was jailed on charges related to the shootout before he was indicted last week in the post office shooting.

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