DoJ to decide soon on seeking death penalty for postal shootings

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- The Justice Department plans to disclose next month whether it is going to pursue the death penalty against a former prison guard charged with killing two West Tennessee postal workers.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Tony Arvin told U.S. District Judge Jon McCalla on Tuesday that the government's decision on whether to seek the death penalty at trial against Chastain Montgomery is expected to be disclosed March 7.

Montgomery has pleaded not guilty to charges that he fatally shot Paula Robinson and Judy Spray while robbing a Henning post office with his son in October 2010.

Defense attorneys argue that a confession made by Montgomery when he was arrested in February 2011 was coerced and should be suppressed. A hearing to address the legality of the confession is scheduled for March 4.

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