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Death penalty sought in Montana teacher's killing

BILLINGS — Prosecutors on Friday filed murder charges and said they intend to seek the death penalty against two men accused of kidnapping a Montana teacher whose body was discovered after two months of searching.

Lester Van Waters Jr., 48, and Michael Keith Spell, 22, are accused of grabbing Sherry Arnold off a street in Sidney, Mont., on Jan. 7 while she was on a pre-dawn run.

Waters and Spell — two men from Parachute, Colo., who had arrived looking for work in oil fields — were arrested about a week after Arnold's disappearance and originally charged with aggravated kidnapping.

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