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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

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

Montana Judge To Decide If Colorado Murder Suspect Fit For Trial

Sharply divergent images of a Colorado man charged with killing a Montana teacher during a random abduction attempt emerged during a hearing Tuesday to determine whether the suspect is fit for trial.

03/25/2014

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

Montana Murder Case Suspect From Colorado Seeks To Avoid Trial

Defense experts testified Monday that a Colorado man is unfit for trial in the murder of a Montana teacher because he is prone to distort the past and displays the intelligence of an 11-year-old.

03/24/2014

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

Colorado Man Charged In Murder Of Montana Teacher Diagnosed As Disabled

A Colorado man charged in the murder of an eastern Montana teacher was diagnosed with mental disability following a recent evaluation at Montana State Hospital, according to court documents filed Thursday by defense attorneys.

03/20/2014

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

Competency Hearing Scheduled For Colorado Man In Teacher Death Case

A Montana judge has scheduled a two-day competency hearing to determine if a Colorado man charged with killing a high school teacher is fit for trial.

02/05/2014

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

Attorneys: Colorado Man Unfit For Homicide Trial In Montana

Attorneys for a Colorado man charged with killing an eastern Montana teacher filed court papers Friday saying his mental disabilities render him unfit to stand trial in a case that could carry the death penalty.

11/02/2013

Sherry Arnold (credit: Facebook)

Body Found In North Dakota Is Missing Teacher

Authorities have confirmed that a body found in North Dakota is that of a missing teacher from Montana. Two men from Colorado are suspected in her death.

03/22/2012

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