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New defense attorneys picked in Sherry Arnold case

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The Dickinson Press
New defense attorneys picked in Sherry Arnold case
Dickinson North Dakota 1815 1st Street West 58602

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) -- A new team of defense attorneys has been appointed to represent one of two suspects charged in the murder of a Montana high school teacher.

State District Judge Richard Simonton appointed Alfred Avignone, Lisa Banick and Eric Brewer as the public defenders for 23-year-old Michael Keith Spell of Parachute, Colo.

No explanation was given for the replacement of the two attorneys who previously represented Spell.

Spell and 58-year-old Lester Van Waters, Jr. are accused of abducting and killing Sidney teacher Sherry Arnold January 7 while she was on a morning run.

She was missing for more than two months before Waters allegedly led authorities to her body, in a shallow grave in the Bakken oil fields of North Dakota.

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty in the case.

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