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Jan 6, 2014 9:28 AM by Bethany Rhodes

Jury selection to start in Colorado prison killing

DENVER (AP) - Jury selection is scheduled to begin Monday in the retrial of a man accused of beating corrections officer Eric Autobee to death in the kitchen at Limon Correctional Facility in 2002.

Montour pleaded guilty to killing Autobee and a judge sentenced him to death. A Douglas County District Court judge later allowed Montour to withdraw his original plea, sending the case back to trial.

According to the Denver Post, Montour was serving a life sentence for killing his infant daughter when he was accused of killing Autobee.

The case lingered in court for more than 10 years following imposition of the death penalty, which was later thrown out by the Colorado Supreme Court. The court ruled in 2007 that only a jury can hand down death sentences.

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