MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - The mother of a former prison guard charged in the fatal shootings of two Tennessee postal workers said he struggled to learn simple tasks such as cleaning his room and getting dressed on his own while growing up.
Lois Montgomery testified Tuesday in a hearing that will determine if her 49-year-old son, Chastain Montgomery, could get the death penalty if convicted at trial. He is charged in the deaths of Paula Robinson and Judy Spray during a robbery at small-town post office in October 2010. He has pleaded not guilty.
The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that intellectually disabled federal inmates cannot be executed.
On Monday, Montgomery became upset during his mother's testimony. He abruptly stood up and began to speak before being grabbed by U.S. marshals and forced into a room adjacent to the courtroom.
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