MISSOULA, Mont. — Missoula County prosecutors want jail staff to be able to decide if inmates charged with killing two people and putting their bodies in tubs of muriatic acid should be allowed to access the jail’s law library.

County Attorney Kirsten Pabst argued Augustus Standingrock and Tiffanie Pierce are a danger to jail guards, themselves and other inmates.

Pabst says Sandingrock threatened staff with a sharpened shower brush and flooded a cell while Pierce threatened to stab another inmate and kill a guard.

Colin Stephens, an attorney for Standingrock, argued accessing the law library doesn’t pose an additional security risk, and eliminating that access shouldn’t be used as punishment for bad behavior. Pierce’s attorney has not yet responded to the motion.

Standingrock and Pierce pleaded not guilty on Oct. 4 in the deaths of 15-year-old Marilyn Pickett and 24-year-old Jackson Wiles.

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