Edward Montour death-penalty bid dropped in favor of life without possibility of parole

Alan Prendergast has been reporting about Edward Montour, a prison murderer the 18th Judicial District DA's office now headed by George Brauchler has targeted with the death penalty -- a controversial effort further complicated by a changed finding in the case that landed Montour behind bars in the first place.

Now, a breakthrough. Last night, Brauchler offered to drop the death-penalty prosecution if Montour would accept life without the possibility of parole -- and he has. Details about a fast-developing story below.

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