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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

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)

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

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