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Man enters not guilty plea in fatal ax attack

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Steve Marcus

Harold Montague, accused of an assault with a medieval-style battle ax that killed a baby, appears for an arraignment hearing at the Regional Justice Center, Wednesday, March 3, 2010.

A man accused of using an ax to chop a woman and her infant in an attack that left the baby dead and mother maimed pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity today in district court.

Harold Eugene Montague, 34, appeared before District Judge Stefany Miley, where he entered his plea. A trial date was set for June 14, 2011.

Montague is accused of using a medieval-style battle ax to attack Sandra Lissett Castro and her infant son, Damian, as she pushed the infant in a stroller shortly before noon Feb. 11 on a residential street near Sahara Avenue and South Maryland Parkway.

Castro was critically injured but survived; Damian was pronounced dead at the scene.

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against him.

Montague also is accused of attacking his disabled sister-in-law, Monica O’Dazier, by stabbing her multiple times with the pointed end of the ax. She was injured but released from the hospital shortly after the attack.

Montague is being held without bail in the Clark County Detention Center. He’s facing charges of murder, attempted murder and battery on a police officer.

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