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Accused Ax Murderer Pleads Not Guilty

LAS VEGAS -- A 34-year-old man pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to charges that he hacked a 4-month-old baby to death and critically wounded the infant's mother with a medieval-style battle ax.

Clark County District Court Judge Stefany Miley on Monday set a June 2011 trial date for Harold Montague. Montague could face the death penalty if convicted of charges including murder, attempted murder and battery with a deadly weapon in the Feb. 11 attack outside his Las Vegas home.

Montague also stands accused of stabbing his disabled sister-in-law before bursting outside and attacking the child and the mother walking a stroller past his house. Defense lawyer Norm Reed says Montague understands the charges against him, but a jury will see he's criminally insane.

 (Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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