BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) – 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.
Deputy Richland County Attorney T.R. Halvorson wrote in a Wednesday court brief that law enforcement video shows Michael Keith Spell made his statements voluntarily.READ MORE: Fight Between Passenger & American Airlines Flight Attendant Causes Flight To Be Diverted To Denver International Airport
Spell, of Parachute, Colo., is accused of killing 43-year-old Sidney High School math teacher Sherry Arnold during an attempted abduction in the Bakken oil patch.
He allegedly confessed to his involvement during an interrogation by FBI agents following his arrest six days after Arnold’s 2012 disappearance.
Because Spell is mentally disabled, his attorneys say he was not capable of voluntarily waiving his rights to remain silent and have an attorney present.READ MORE: Some CU Boulder Students Believe This Halloween Won't Be As Problematic With COVID Cases
An accomplice has pleaded guilty under a deal with prosecutors.
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