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HBO Max and Hulu are retelling one of D-FW’s most gruesome tales. Here’s who’s set to star

Candy Montgomery killed her friend with an ax in Wylie 40 years ago. Elizabeth Olsen and others are picking up the story.

It’s been 41 years since Candy Montgomery killed her friend with an ax on Friday the 13th in the victim’s home on a suburban Wylie street. The eight-day trial, held at the old courthouse in McKinney, drew capacity crowds. Montgomery was acquitted after pleading self-defense, prompting outrage. As she walked to her car, some yelled, “Murderer!”

Candy Montgomery leaves court in 1980. Montgomery was found not guilty of murdering her Wylie neighbor Betty Gore with an ax.
Candy Montgomery leaves court in 1980. Montgomery was found not guilty of murdering her Wylie neighbor Betty Gore with an ax.(DMN File)

Montgomery had been in an affair with the victim, Betty Gore’s husband, making things all the more scandalous. Their families were close. The two women sang in the church choir together, and their children had a sleepover the day before the killing.

It’s a story that many have struggled to leave behind.

Now, four decades later, it’s set to be revisited — with not one, but two streaming series upcoming from Hulu and HBO Max. Here’s what we know about them so far.

‘Love & Death’ (HBO Max)

Elizabeth Olsen stars as Montgomery and American Horror Story’s Lily Rabe plays Betty Gore in this miniseries. Production has been underway this month in Kyle, Texas, outside Austin.

Elizabeth Olsen sings in the church choir in a scene from 'Love & Death.'
Elizabeth Olsen sings in the church choir in a scene from 'Love & Death.'

Others cast members include Dallas-born Jesse Plemons as Betty Gore’s husband, Patrick Fugit as Montgomery’s husband, Tom Pelphrey as Montgomery’s lead defense attorney and Krysten Ritter, Keir Gilchrist and Elizabeth Marvel as others. Industry veteran David E. Kelley is writing the series and Nicole Kidman is an executive producer. It’s based on the book Evidence of Love by Dallas journalists Jim Atkinson and John Bloom, as well as a series of articles they wrote for Texas Monthly.

No release date has been announced, but the streamer says it will arrive next year.

‘Candy’ (Hulu)

Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake arrive at the Oscars in 2017.
Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake arrive at the Oscars in 2017.(Jordan Strauss / Invision/AP)

Hulu’s take on the killing and its aftermath is in an earlier stage, so details about it are fewer. Jessica Biel, the ‘90s-early aughts TV star and wife of Justin Timberlake, stars as the killer. Indie film actor Melanie Lynskey takes on Betty Gore.

Last week, Veep actor Timothy Simons was revealed to be playing Montgomery’s husband, an engineer at Texas Instruments. Pablo Schreiber, best known as Nick on The Wire, is said to be on board as Gore’s husband.

Robin Veith, a writer alum of Mad Men, is an executive producer. There’s no word of a release date and likely won’t be for a while.

Dan Singer, Entertainment & Events Editor. Dan Singer edits entertainment and events coverage for The Dallas Morning News.

daniel.singer@dallasnews.com @fileunderdan
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