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

Colorado Man Gets 80 Years In Teacher’s Oil-Patch Killing

A Colorado man faces sentencing Monday in the killing of a Montana math teacher in a case that has emerged as a chilling example of the social changes accompanying an oil boom sweeping the Northern Plains.

12/15/2014

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

Oil Patch Murder Defendant To Be Sentenced Dec. 15

A Colorado man who pleaded guilty in the killing of a teacher in the Northern Plains’ oil patch faces sentencing on Dec. 15 in Montana.

12/01/2014

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

Colorado Man Pleads Guilty To Oil Patch Murder

A Colorado man pleaded guilty Wednesday to the murder of a Montana teacher in an oil boom town where residents say their lives were forever altered by the crime.

10/22/2014

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

Suspect From Colorado Plans To Plead Guilty In Oil Patch Killing

SIDNEY, Mont. (AP) — A Colorado man is set to plead guilty to killing a small-town Montana high school teacher in a slaying that shone a harsh light on the darker side of the Northern […]

10/21/2014

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

Court: Oil-Patch Murder Suspect From Colorado Competent

The Montana Supreme Court has denied a Colorado man’s petition to be declared unfit to stand trial in the murder of a high school teacher in the Bakken oil patch.

10/08/2014

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)

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)

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

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