Feds' decision on death penalty expected

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Federal prosecutors are expected to disclose whether they are going to pursue the death penalty against a former prison guard charged with killing two West Tennessee postal workers.

Justice Department officials met in January to discuss whether to seek death at the trial of Chastain Montgomery. They are expected to announce their decision Friday.

Montgomery has pleaded not guilty to fatally shooting Paula Robinson and Judy Spray while robbing the Henning post office with his son in October 2010.

Prosecutors say Montgomery and his son robbed the post office of just $63. Chastain Montgomery Jr. was killed in a shootout with police in February 2011.

A status conference in the case is scheduled for Friday. Defense attorneys are challenging a confession Montgomery gave authorities after his arrest.


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