Nov 1, 2013 3:44 PM by Juice Godfrey

Sherry Arnold homicide trial moved to Glendive

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Attorneys for a Colorado man charged with killing an eastern Montana teacher say his mental disabilities make him unfit to stand trial.

The attorneys asked a state judge on Friday to commit 24-year-old Michael Keith Spell to a state facility for up to 60 days to undergo a mental examination.

The Parachute man faces a felony murder charge in the death of Sherry Arnold, a Sidney High School teacher killed in January 2012 while on her morning run.

A co-defendant pleaded guilty under a deal with prosecutors. Spell could face the death penalty if convicted.

Court records in Colorado show Spell was declared incompetent by a judge in 2010 in a Garfield County drug case. His defense attorneys say he also has a prior diagnosis of mentally retardation.


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