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MT prosecutor opposes attempt to rule out death

By The Associated Press
Published On: Jun 19 2013 12:27:37 PM MDT
Billings, MONT -

 An eastern Montana prosecutor says he opposes attempts to declare one of the suspects in the killing of a Sidney teacher ineligible for the death penalty.
    
Richland County Attorney Mike Weber said Wednesday he also opposes a request by defense attorneys to relocate the January trial of defendant Michal Keith Spell. He declined to elaborate.
    
Spell and co-defendant Lester Van Waters Jr., both of Colorado, are charged in the 2012 killing of Sherry Arnold.
    
Spell's attorneys have asked the court to rule out a potential death sentence because he is mentally disabled.
    
They want the trial moved to Bozeman on the grounds that jurors in Richland County would be biased by the widespread news coverage the case has received and because Arnold was so well known in the community.