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Judge: Jail staff can restrict Missoula murder suspects law library access

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MISSOULA - A Missoula County district court judge issued an order this week allowing Missoula County Detention Center staff to regulate inmates use of the law library on site based on their behavior.

This order applies to Tiffanie Pierce, 23, and Augustus Standingrock, 26, whose use of the law library was debated by attorneys this fall while the pair has been in custody for the murder and dismemberment of two people last summer.

Judge James Wheelis writes that because they have both been represented by counsel throughout their legal proceedings they have had adequate legal assistance.

He says in light of Pierce’s and Standingrocks’ behavior while in custody -- that has caused concern for the safety of staff at the jail and other inmates -- detention center staff have acted reasonably in restricting their access to the law library.

During a Monday hearing, Pierce pleaded not guilty to attempted deliberate homicide and assault with a weapon stemming from charges from another incident this summer on Montana Street, according to court documents.

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