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Nominating panel recommends 5 for district judge

Nominating panel recommends 5 for district judge

The state’s Judicial Nomination Commission on Thursday selected five candidates as the field from which the governor will fill the Billings judgeship formerly held by U.S. District Judge Susan Watters.

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Ryan Rusche and judge Richard Simonton listen as Michael Glen Mo

Ryan Rusche and judge Richard Simonton listen as Michael Glen Mo

Ryan Rusche, left, and District Judge Richard Simonton listen as Michael G. Moses answers questions during his interview for the position of district court judge Thursday morning.

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Montana District Judge Richard Simonton

Montana District Judge Richard Simonton

Montana District Judge Richard Simonton addresses a witness appearing via video during a competency hearing for murder suspect Michael Keith Spell on Tuesday.

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Montana District Judge Richard Simonton

Montana District Judge Richard Simonton

Montana District Judge Richard Simonton addresses the prosecution during a competency hearing for murder suspect Michael Keith Spell on Tuesday in Sidney.

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Gazette opinion: Montanans have a say in judge appointment

Yellowstone County District Court is running shorthanded.

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Community still healing from teacher's slaying; suspect awaits evaluation

Community still healing from teacher's slaying; suspect awaits evaluation

SIDNEY — The killing of a much-loved high school teacher nearly two years ago has weighed heavily in rural Montana. Hundreds of people helped search for Sherry Arnold and calls for frontier-style justice greeted the arrest of the man accused of killing her. Today, the fate of 24-year-old Mic…

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Attorneys: Man unfit for Arnold homicide trial in Montana

Attorneys: Man unfit for Arnold homicide trial in Montana

Attorneys for a Colorado man charged with killing an Eastern Montana teacher filed court papers Friday saying his mental disabilities render him unfit to stand trial in a case that could carry the death penalty.

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Bozeman woman gets 100 years for shooting man in head

Bozeman woman gets 100 years for shooting man in head

BOZEMAN — A Bozeman woman was sentenced to 100 years in prison for attempted deliberate homicide and aggravated burglary after authorities said she shot a former tenant in the head after ransacking his house.

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Judge moves Sherry Arnold homicide trial to Glendive

Judge moves Sherry Arnold homicide trial to Glendive

A state judge on Thursday moved the trial of a Colorado man charged with killing a popular eastern Montana teacher after defense attorneys argued that he could not receive a fair hearing in her hometown.

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Defense seeks to move Sherry Arnold homicide trial

Defense seeks to move Sherry Arnold homicide trial

Attorneys for a Colorado man accused of killing teacher Sherry Arnold are due in court Thursday to argue for the relocation of his trial because of the heavy publicity the case has received in the small eastern Montana community where Arnold taught high school math.

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Judge sets death penalty hearing for suspect in teacher slaying

Judge sets death penalty hearing for suspect in teacher slaying

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.

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Prosecutors want murder trial in Sidney

Prosecutors want murder trial in Sidney

Montana prosecutors have asked a judge to keep the trial in the murder of a high school teacher in her hometown of Sidney, after defense attorneys sought to have the case moved because of fears of bias among potential jurors.

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Former Glendive officer admits to sex charges

Former Glendive officer admits to sex charges

A former Glendive police officer admitted Wednesday to having sexual relationships with several teenage girls dating back to 2004.

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Defense in Sherry Arnold case seeks police files

Defense in Sherry Arnold case seeks police files

HELENA — One of the two men accused of kidnapping and killing a Sidney High School teacher wants state prosecutors to turn over information from the personnel files of the law-enforcement officers who investigated the case.

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Judge sentences former Billings man to 100 years for 2008 homicide of ex-wife

Judge sentences former Billings man to 100 years for 2008 homicide of ex-wife

GLENDIVE — A judge on Wednesday ordered a former Billings man convicted of strangling his ex-wife and dumping her body in the Yellowstone River to spend at least 30 years in prison.

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Pathologist: Casey was strangled with 'considerable force'; prosecution wraps up

Pathologist: Casey was strangled with 'considerable force'; prosecution wraps up

GLENDIVE — After calling 34 witnesses over four days, state prosecutors rested their case Friday against a former Billings man accused of strangling his ex-wife in a jealous rage.

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Judge sets trials for men charged with murder of Sidney teacher

Judge sets trials for men charged with murder of Sidney teacher

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

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Sherry Arnold case delayed until 2013

A state judge has delayed legal proceedings against two men accused of murdering a Montana teacher after defense attorneys said they need more time to prepare their case.

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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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Ex-Billings man charged with '08 murder of ex-wife

Ex-Billings man charged with '08 murder of ex-wife

GLENDIVE — A former Billings man accused of murdering of his ex-wife in 2008 made his first appearance in a Montana courtroom Tuesday following his recent arrest in Arizona.

March 06, 2012 11:28 am Photos

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