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Arnold Murder Trial Moved

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The trial of a Colorado man accused of killing Sherry Arnold of Sidney, Montana has been moved out of that community.

Judge Richard Simonton ruled this morning the Michael Keith Spell should go on trial in Glendive, about an hour southwest of Sidney.

Spell's attorneys successfully argued that Spell could not receive a fair trial from a jury chosen from among the people of the Sidney area.

Sherry Arnold was a popular teacher in Sidney when she was abducted and killed early in 2012.

Spell and Lester Van Waters, Junior were originally charged with murder in the case.

But Waters avoided a potential death sentence by making a deal with prosecutors to serve 100 years in prison and agreeing to testify in the trial against Spell.

The change of venue request was one of several motions filed by Spell's attorneys in the 7th Judicial District Court in Sidney today.

Spell himself was not in the courtroom.

Other motions sought to have Spell's alleged confession suppressed, and to allow Spell to wear street clothing in the trial.

Prosecutors have said they will seek the death penalty in Spell's case, but a hearing on that issue will be held in about two weeks.

Spell's trial is scheduled to begin in January.

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