Long wait for trials in murder of teacher Sherry Arnold

BILLINGS, Mont. - A judge has set trial dates for the two Colorado men accused in the murder of high school teacher Sherry Arnold. However, those trials won't take place for another 10 months to one year.

Michael Keith Spell and Lester Van Waters, Jr., both of Parachute, Colo., have pleaded not guilty to charges they grabbed Arnold from a Sidney, Montana, street, killed her and buried her body in a North Dakota field.

Monday, state District Judge Richard Simonton set trial dates of Nov. 4 for Waters and Jan. 6, 2014 for Spell.

The Colorado men face one count each of deliberate homicide and attempted kidnapping. Prosecutors have said they intend to seek the death penalty if the defendants are convicted.

Arnold disappeared last January while on an early-morning run along a truck route on the edge of the oil boom town of about 5,500 residents.

Her body was not found for more than two months.

Arnold and her husband, Gary Arnold, had five children combined from prior marriages.

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