Defense team posted in Henning post office murders - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Defense team posted in Henning post office murders

Chastain Montgomery, Sr. Chastain Montgomery, Sr.

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - A defense team has been appointed for the man accused of the Henning post office murders.

Tuesday, Defense attorney Mike Scholl and co-counsel Anne Tipton said they are waiting on the government's decision on whether it will seek the death penalty against Chastain Montgomery, Sr.

Montgomery is accused of killing Henning post office employees Paula Robinson and Judy Spray last year.

"The victim's families, they've gone through a great tragedy," Scholl said Wednesday. "Now you're also dealing with a potential tragedy with another family."

Freshly appointed, Montgomery's defense team says it does not know a lot about the facts of the case, but plans to dig vigorously.

"Our investigation is only beginning," Tipton said. "The government has been investigating for five and a half months."

Over most of that period, the murders went unsolved, until a mid-February police shootout in Mason, Tennessee.  Afterwards, Montgomery was arrested for tampering with evidence, and then indicted on the post office murder charges.

"It does draw a big question with us, without a doubt, that all of a sudden you have this arrest after so many months surrounding very unusual circumstances," Scholl said.

Before trial, the defense plans to argue for a bond to be set. Though highly unlikely to succeed, Scholl says there's a reason.

"We want to see if the government does have anything to try to detain him," he said. "Just to go in and agree to be detained, I don't think that would be very proper. They have to have a reason to keep him detained, and we just have to hear what that reason is."

Montgomery's bond hearing is Tuesday.  Scholl and Tipton say they won't find out about the death penalty until a meeting with prosecutors in Washington sometime in the future.

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