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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.

08/28/2014

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

Oil Patch Killing Suspect Appeals To Supreme Court

A mentally disabled Colorado man accused of killing a Montana teacher is asking the state Supreme Court to reverse a lower judge’s ruling that he is fit to stand trial.

08/23/2014

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)

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)

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)

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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