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Prosecutors: Statements in Sherry Arnold murder were voluntary

Prosecutors: Statements in Sherry Arnold murder were voluntary

BILLINGS — Prosecutors in eastern Montana asked a state judge Wednesday to deny a defense request to suppress an alleged confession by the suspect in a high-profile murder case.

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Man accused of killing Sidney teacher wants competency ruling reversed

Man accused of killing Sidney teacher wants competency ruling reversed

HELENA — A mentally disabled Colorado man accused of killing a Montana teacher and burying her body is asking the state Supreme Court to reverse a judge's ruling that he is fit to stand trial.

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Prosecutors won't seek death penalty in Sidney teacher's killing

Prosecutors won't seek death penalty in Sidney teacher's killing

Prosecutors ended their pursuit of the death penalty for a Colorado man who experts said was mentally disabled after he was charged in the killing of a teacher in Montana's oil patch, according to court documents filed Tuesday.

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Judge: Defendant in Sidney teacher's murder fit for trial

Judge: Defendant in Sidney teacher's murder fit for trial

A mentally disabled Colorado man is fit to stand trial in the killing of a Montana teacher who disappeared after going out for a morning jog, according to a Friday ruling from a state judge in a case that has highlighted the social changes brought by an oil boom sweeping the Northern Plains.

May 16, 2014 5:27 pm Photos

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Incompetency ruling sought in Sherry Arnold murder

Incompetency ruling sought in Sherry Arnold murder

Attorneys for a Colorado man charged with killing a Sidney High teacher are asking a judge to declare the defendant incompetent to stand trial.

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Fire, drought and elections top 2012 stories

Fire, drought and elections top 2012 stories

Drought, lightning and bad luck turned the 2012 fire season into Montana’s worst in more than 100 years, making it one of the biggest news stories of the past year.

December 30, 2012 12:20 am Photos

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Waters and Spell

Waters and Spell

Lester Van Waters, left, and Michael Keith Spell appear in court in February 2012. They are charged with the murder and kidnapping of Sidney schoolteacher Sherry Arnold.

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Sidney teacher murder suspects plead not guilty

Sidney teacher murder suspects plead not guilty

The suspects in the disappearance and killing of a Sidney teacher have pleaded not guilty to murder and attempted kidnapping.

May 15, 2012 3:19 pm Photos

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Sherry Arnold murder suspects to appear in court

The suspects in the killing of Eastern Montana teacher Sherry Arnold are due in state court in Sidney on Tuesday to face new murder charges filed by prosecutors who are seeking the death penalty.

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New judge takes Sherry Arnold kidnapping case

A state judge in Glendive has accepted jurisdiction in the aggravated-kidnapping cases against two Colorado men accused of abducting and killing Sidney schoolteacher Sherry Arnold.

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Suspects in Arnold kidnapping request new judge

Suspects in Arnold kidnapping request new judge

HELENA -- Two men suspected of kidnapping a Sidney schoolteacher and burying her body in a shallow grave in North Dakota have asked that a new judge to be assigned to their case.

March 05, 2012 2:09 pm Photos

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Bakken oil boom, teacher kidnapping alter Sidney forever

Bakken oil boom, teacher kidnapping alter Sidney forever

Sidney isn't the first small town in the West to get run over by a gold rush, in this case black gold — more than 16 million barrels of crude being pumped every month from the massive Bakken oil field beneath eastern Montana and western North Dakota.

March 02, 2012 5:00 am Photos

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Kidnapping suspect promised work

Kidnapping suspect promised work

SIDNEY — Family and friends of one of the two suspects in a brutal Montana kidnapping described him as an illiterate young father who was eager for work when he fell under the sway of a convicted criminal promising lucrative employment in the Bakken oil fields.

February 28, 2012 6:45 am Photos

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Extradition may have skipped legal requirement

Extradition may have skipped legal requirement

More than five weeks had passed since Michael Spell and Lester Van Waters Jr. were arrested and jailed in the Sherry Arnold case before the charging information was released late Friday afternoon.

February 17, 2012 9:45 pm Photos

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Complaint filed in Sidney teacher kidnapping

Complaint filed in Sidney teacher kidnapping

Sherry Arnold, a Sidney High math teacher missing since Jan. 7, was choked to death and is likely buried in a remote area near Williston, N.D., according to court documents filed late Friday in Richland County District Court.

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Criminal filing

Criminal filing

Objection to Transfer of Custody

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N.D. governor signs extradition papers for Arnold kidnapping suspects

N.D. governor signs extradition papers for Arnold kidnapping suspects

North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple has signed extradition papers submitted by Montana authorities seeking to prosecute two men for the abduction of Sidney school teacher Sherry Arnold.

February 08, 2012 9:54 am Photos

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2 suspects come from Colorado town also known for oil, gas development

2 suspects come from Colorado town also known for oil, gas development

Two men suspected in the disappearance of Sidney teacher Sherry Arnold have been identified as residents of Parachute, Colo. — like Sidney, a town with major oil and gas development.

January 18, 2012 5:35 pm Photos

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Suspects

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Michael Spell and Lester Waters, Jr.

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