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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

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

Prosecutors: Statements In Colorado Man’s Murder Case Voluntary

Prosecutors in eastern Montana are asking a state judge to deny a defense request to suppress the suspect’s alleged confession in a high-profile murder case.

09/10/2014

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)

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)

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

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

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

Montana Authorities Seek Extradition Of Colorado Men In Kidnapping

Authorities have started extradition procedures against two men held in North Dakota in the kidnapping of a Montana teacher now presumed dead.

01/18/2012

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