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Jan 7, 2013 6:47 PM by Angela Douglas - Q2 News

Sherry Arnold case moves forward on 1-year anniversary of abduction/murder

UPDATE: SIDNEY - It has been exactly one year since the abduction and murder of Sidney school teacher Sherry Arnold, 43. On the morning of January 7, 2012 Arnold was out on a Sunday morning jog when she was kidnapped and murdered by two men. The accused suspects are Lester Waters Jr. and Michael Spell. They had no connection to Arnold.

Ironically, the case moved forward Monday afternoon in Richland County District Court on the one year anniversary of the crime that devastated the eastern Montana community.

An omnibus hearing was held for accused murderer Michael Spell at 1:30 p.m. During his arraignment in early 2012, Spell pled not guilty to the charges of Deliberate Homicide and Attempted Kidnapping.

During Monday's hearing, Judge Richard Simonton scheduled Spell's trial date for January 6, 2014. Richland County Attorney Mike Weber expects the trial to last four weeks.

Spell did not make an appearance for the omnibus hearing.

The omnibus hearing of Lester Waters Jr. was held immediately following Michael Spells hearing.

Waters is also charged with Attempted Kidnapping and Deliberate Homicide. He pled not guilty to those charges at his arraignment in early 2012.

Judge Richard Simonton set Waters' trial date for November 4, 2013. The trial is expected to last three weeks.

Waters was not present for his hearing.

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for both suspects.

Supporters of Arnold were in the courtroom Monday, including her husband, Gary.

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Original Post:

Original Omnibus hearings are being held in absentia Monday for the two men suspected in the death of Sidney schoolteacher Sherry Arnold.

Defense attorneys for Lester Waters Jr. 47, and Michael Spell, 22, represented their clients before District Court Judge Richard A. Simonton.

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