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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.

6 hours ago

Judge Asked To Toss Colorado Man’s Statements In Oil-Patch Murder

A judge will decide if statements made to FBI agents by a Colorado man accused of murder in Montana’s oil patch should be suppressed because the defendant is mentally disabled.

7 hours ago

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)

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

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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)

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

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

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