MEMPHIS, Tennessee — A federal judge has reset the trial date for a former prison guard who will face the death penalty if convicted of killing two West Tennessee postal workers.
U.S. Senior District Judge Jon P. McCalla issued an order moving Chastain Montgomery's trial date from April 7 to June 9.
Montgomery's attorneys asked McCalla for the change because they needed more time to prepare for trial after McCalla ruled Jan. 28 that Montgomery is not mentally disabled and eligible to face the death penalty. They also argued that several expert witnesses are unavailable to appear at an April trial.
McCalla wrote he moved the trial date out of an "abundance of caution."
Montgomery is charged with shooting Paula Robinson and Judy Spray during a robbery of Henning's post office in October 2010.