Does the father of a victim in one death-penalty case have the right to contact family members in another capital case? And, under Colorado law, do prosecutors have any obligation to facilitate that conversation -- even if the discussion isn't going to help their cause? The questions are key to a ... More >>
Should the trial of Aurora theater shooter James Holmes be held in Arapahoe County, where the crime occurred? No, say Holmes's attorneys. In a motion made public this week (and on view below), they request a change of venue, arguing that the citizens of Arapahoe County have a "unique and tangible co ... More >>
Last week, after battling for more than a decade to execute Edward Montour Jr. for the 2002 murder of guard Eric Autobee at the Limon prison, prosecutors abruptly caved on the second day of his trial, agreeing to a deal that will keep Montour in prison for life without parole. The experience left a ... More >>
After twelve years of trying to put Edward Montour Jr. to death for the murder of a Limon prison guard, it took only a few minutes late yesterday afternoon to sentence him to life without parole, after prosecutors grumblingly agreed to a plea deal that they said would provide only "partial justice" ... More >>
Alan Prendergast has been reporting about Edward Montour, a prison murderer targeted with the death penalty by the 18th Judicial District DA's office now headed by George Brauchler -- a controversial effort further complicated by a changed finding in the case that landed Montour behind bars in the f ... More >>
Defense attorney David Lane accused Eighteenth Judicial District Attorney George Brauchler of snickering. Brauchler accused Lane of posturing for the press and "trial by ambush." And the man whose fate they were wrangling over, Edward Montour Jr., sat quietly in his chair while the attorneys argue ... More >>
Two days a week, Bob Autobee has been outside the Douglas County courthouse with his signs, protesting the lack of justice in the criminal justice system. Yesterday, he was invited inside, to explain to Judge Richard Caschette why he should be allowed to tell the jury in the long-delayed trial of Ed ... More >>
Here's what the Denver Metro Fair Housing Center did: It sent two people -- one white and one Latino -- to the same Denver metro apartment building to inquire about renting a unit. The two people had similar incomes and similar employment and rental histories. The purpose of the experiment was to se ... More >>
It was eleven years ago today -- October 18, 2002 -- that inmate Edward Montour Jr. attacked Eric Autobee, a 23-year-old correctional officer, in the kitchen of the Limon prison, fatally bludgeoning him with a heavy ladle. To mark that grim anniversary, the victim's parents have made a startling ple ... More >>
As we've reported, yesterday was World Day to End the Death Penalty, and to mark the occasion, capital punishment opponents gathered at the State Capitol to decry the ultimate penalty with time-tested arguments and new statistics from a white paper and infographic assembled for the occasion; see bot ... More >>
At a February hearing, Edward Montour sought to withdraw his guilty plea for a 2002 murder in an effort to avoid the death penalty he'd previously sought. The office of 18th Judicial District DA George Brauchler, who's also seeking death for accused Aurora theater shooter James Holmes, argued agains ... More >>
In more than eight hours of emotional testimony that stretched well into the evening, activists and faith groups seeking to abolish the death penalty in Colorado squared off against prosecutors and other backers of the ultimate punishment yesterday -- with family members of homicide victims speaking ... More >>
In an unusual court hearing unfolding in Castle Rock, attorneys for Edward Montour Jr. are seeking to withdraw his guilty plea for the murder of a correctional officer in 2002, claiming that he was mentally ill at the time and seeking "court-assisted suicide" by firing his lawyers in a death-penalty ... More >>
Frustrated by a decade of legal delays and setbacks, the father of slain state corrections officer Eric Autobee says that he now opposes further efforts to obtain the death penalty for inmate Edward Montour Jr. for the 2002 murder. In a recent interview, Bob Autobee also blasted the leadership of th ... More >>
October brought Colorado some of the most horrific crimes in recent years, as well as accompanying images that are seared in our collective memory. But there were also plenty of unusual, strange or unsettling reports that may have gotten lost in the shuffle. See the twenty memorable mug shots they s ... More >>
This week's feature, "Lethal Election," explores how the race for district attorney in the 18th Judicial District has drawn a national spotlight because the winner will have to decide whether to pursue the death penalty in prosecuting James Holmes, the suspect in the Aurora theater shootings. It's a ... More >>
18th Judicial District DA Carol Chambers is in the national spotlight as the district attorney in charge of prosecuting James Holmes, the accused killer in the Aurora theater shooting. But shortly before questions about whether Chambers would seek the death penalty against Holmes, her office filed a ... More >>
Josiah Sher.News that Eighteenth Judicial District Attorney Carol Chambers is seeking the death penalty for Josiah Sher, the alleged trigger man in a double-murder-for-hire case in Castle Rock, doesn't exactly come as a shocker. The slayings of Amara Wells and Bob Rafferty were about as coldb ... More >>
David Lane has a way with four-letter words -- like "kill."In the battle over resentencing Edward Montour Jr., an inmate who faces possible execution for the 2002 murder of a corrections officer at the Limon prison, defense attorney David Lane has accused the death-penalty team of prosecutors ... More >>
As we first reported in our February 28 cover story, Eighteenth Judicial District Attorney Carol Chambers has found an unusual way to fund half of the six death-penalty prosecutions her office is now pursuing. She’s billed the Colorado Department of Corrections hundreds of thousands of dollars for ... More >>
How does DA Carol Chambers beat the high cost of a death-penalty prosecution? By billing the prison system.
Only one man is on death row, but seven others are waiting in the wings.
Medical neglect, chronic disease, a hepatitis epidemic. Some Colorado prisoners pay for their crimes with their lives.