Judge sets trials for men charged with murder of Sidney teacher

2013-01-07T17:52:00Z 2014-08-25T16:14:28Z Judge sets trials for men charged with murder of Sidney teacherThe Associated Press The Associated Press
January 07, 2013 5:52 pm  • 

A Montana judge has set trial dates for the two men accused in the murder of Sidney high school teacher Sherry Arnold.

Michael Keith Spell and Lester Van Waters, Jr. have pleaded not guilty to charges that they grabbed Arnold from a Sidney street, killed her and buried her body in a North Dakota field.

On Monday, state District Judge Richard Simonton set trial dates of Nov. 4 for Waters and Jan. 6, 2014 for Spell.

The Colorado men face one count each of deliberate homicide and attempted kidnapping. Prosecutors have said they intend to seek the death penalty if the defendants are convicted.

Arnold was out for a morning run when she disappeared in January 2012. Her body was not found for more than two months.

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