Lawyer: Insanity plea coming in Vegas ax attack

Liz De La Torre

From The Associated Press

LAS VEGAS – A defense lawyer says the man accused of hacking a 4-month-old baby to death and critically wounding the infant’s mother with a medieval-style battle ax will plead not guilty by reason of insanity.

Attorney Norm Reed said Thursday that 33-year-old Harold Montague is competent for trial, but a jury will see he’s severely delusional and paranoid.

Reed’s comments came after a Las Vegas judge ordered Montague to stand trial in state court on charges including murder and attempted murder.

Prosecutors are considering seeking the death penalty.

Montague also is accused of stabbing his profoundly disabled sister-in-law in their home before bursting outside and attacking the mother walking her child in a stroller in the street Feb. 11.