Announcement expected Friday in Montour murder cases

KUSA - The 4th Judicial Circuit District Attorney will make a public announcement about the case of Edward Montour Friday afternoon.

The man accused of beating his daughter to death in 1997 and then killing a jail guard in 2002 has run through over a decade of court proceedings.

District Attorney Dan May will host a press conference in front of the courthouse on Tejon, across from the Pioneer's Museum at 1:30 p.m.

Other law enforcement figures will be there, including Colorado Springs Police Chief Pete Carey and Dr. Leon Kelly from the El Paso County Coroner's Office.

According to the DA, in March '97, Montour beat his 11-week-old daughter while her mother was at work. Little Taylor Montour suffered a broken femur, multiple broken ribs, a skull fracture and bleeding in her brain.

She would later die.

A jury of his peers found Montour guilty of first-degree murder and child abuse resulting in death the following year, the DA's office says.

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He was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole.

Time would pass before Montour was again in court, this time for allegedly killing Eric Autobee, a prison guard at the Limon Correctional Facility's kitchen.

While fighting those charges, he tried to revisit his conviction for killing his daughter. The DA says he was trying to lessen the consequences he would eventually face for killing Autobee.

Autobee's surviving family asked the DA to stop trying to get the death penalty for Montour - during the 12 years of trials. Eventually, prosecutors did once Montour pleaded guilty - and agreed to a life sentence without the possibility of parole.

In their release announcing the press conference, the DA's office refers to Montour's alleged "endless legal maneuvering, misinformation introduced as fact and seemingly never-ending delays," in his case.

Those lines are most likely referring to, among other things, Montour's legal team's successful lobbying in April 2014 to have the cause of his daughter's death changed from "homicide" to "undetermined."

His legal team would then ardently, if unsuccessfully push that he was wrongly convicted of his daughter's death - an outcome that allegedly led him to kill Autobee.

He also pleaded not guilty to killing Autobee in 2013 by reason of insanity - a plea that would be later dropped.

In 2003, he was ordered to be put to death by a judge. The ruling went all the way to the state's Supreme Court where it was decided only a jury could put someone to death.

The DA is expected to talk about Montour's case during their press conference: what made it so unique, challenging and interesting? They'll also discuss what they call the importance of the court's ruling.

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