Q&A on the News

Q: Was there ever an arrest/conviction in the murder of two postal service employees on Oct. 18, 2010, in Henning, Tenn.?

-- Scott A. MacLean, Forest Park

A: Chastain Montgomery, a former corrections officer, has entered not guilty pleas in the deaths of Paula Robinson and Judy Spray and the robbery of the U.S. Post Office in Henning. He was arrested Feb. 14, 2011, and charged in the killing of the two women and on federal robbery charges after he also allegedly robbed two banks. Authorities say his son, Chastain Montgomery Jr., also participated in the killings and the robberies, but he was killed in a shootout with police on the day his father was arrested. Montgomery confessed to the shootings during police questioning, but he later entered the not guilty pleas in both the killings and the robberies, The Associated Press reported this week. His next court appearance is scheduled for July 19. Authorities say the father and son shot Robinson and Spray after taking $63 from the post office in the rural west Tennessee town.

Q: Can we get a list of the state legislators from metro Atlanta who voted against ethics reform?

-- Janice Brown, Marietta

A: House Bills 798 and 1105 and Senate Bill 391 died in their respective rules committees, so the ethics reform measures were not voted on in this year's legislative session. If passed, they would have placed limits on lobbyists' gifts to Georgia's lawmakers.

Andy Johnston, for the AJC; staff writer Jay Bookman contributed. Do you have a question about the news? Our news researchers will try to get an answer. Call 404-222-2002 or email q&a@ajc.com (include name and city). Sorry, individual responses are not possible.