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Michael Keith Spell (credit: Williams County Sheriff's Department)

Man Gets 100-Year Term In Murder Of Teacher In Oil Boom Town

A man was sentenced to 100 years in prison Friday in a Montana teacher’s murder — a case that local officials say robbed the victim’s rural hometown of its innocence amid an oil boom that’s swept across the Northern Plains.

04/18/2015

Michael Keith Spell (credit: Williams County Sheriff's Department)

Oil-Patch Killing Suspect From Colorado Called Fit For Trial

Attorneys for the Montana Department of Justice asked the state Supreme Court on Wednesday to reject a Colorado man’s petition to be declared unfit to stand trial in the oil-patch murder of a high school math teacher.

09/24/2014

Lester Vann Waters Jr. and Michael Keith Spell (credit: Williams County Sheriff's Department)

Judge Asked To Toss Statement In Oil-Patch Slaying

A Montana judge will decide if a suspect’s alleged confession to his involvement in the slaying of a woman jogging through her town in the Bakken oil patch should be suppressed because the defendant is mentally disabled.

08/28/2014

Lester Vann Waters Jr. and Michael Keith Spell (credit: Williams County Sheriff's Department)

Prosecutors Won’t Seek Death In Oil Patch Killing

Prosecutors have dropped their pursuit of the death penalty for a Colorado man suspected of killing a teacher in eastern Montana’s oil patch, according to court documents filed Tuesday.

05/20/2014

Lester Vann Waters Jr. and Michael Keith Spell (credit: Williams County Sheriff's Department)

Judge: Oil Patch Killing Suspect Fit For Trial

A mentally disabled Colorado man is fit to stand trial in the killing of a Montana teacher whose body was found in a shallow grave in North Dakota.

05/16/2014

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Colorado Man Returns To Jail After Mental Evaluation In Teacher’s Killing

A Colorado man charged with killing an eastern Montana teacher has been returned to jail following a lengthy evaluation to see if he’s fit for trial.

01/17/2014

Lester Vann Waters Jr. and Michael Keith Spell (credit: Williams County Sheriff's Department)

After Teacher’s Death, Suspect’s Trial In Doubt

Hundreds of people helped search for Sherry Arnold and calls for frontier-style justice greeted the arrest of the man accused of killing her.

12/06/2013

Lester Vann Waters Jr. and Michael Keith Spell (credit: Williams County Sheriff's Department)

Montana Homicide Trial For Colorado Man Relocated

A state judge on Thursday moved the trial of a Colorado man charged with killing a popular eastern Montana teacher after defense attorneys argued that he could not receive a fair hearing in her hometown.

10/25/2013

Lester Vann Waters Jr. and Michael Keith Spell (credit: Williams County Sheriff's Department)

Hearing Set On Death Penalty In Colorado Man’s Montana Murder Case

A judge has scheduled a November hearing to decide whether a Colorado man charged with killing an eastern Montana teacher should be declared ineligible for the death penalty.

09/27/2013

Lester Vann Waters Jr. and Michael Keith Spell (credit: Williams County Sheriff's Department)

Colorado Man Accused In Montana Teacher’s Death Cuts Deal

One of the men accused of killing an eastern Montana high school teacher has made a deal with prosecutors that would spare him the death penalty in exchange for testifying against his co-defendant.

08/13/2013

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