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Spell Gets Change of Venue

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One of the men accused of kidnapping and killing a school teacher in Montana has been granted a change of venue.

Michael Spell is charged with murdering Sherry Arnold in January of 2012.

     Today his defense team argued he would not be able to get a fair trial in Sidney.

 They had Dr. Richard Seltzer, a political science professor at Howard University, conduct a poll in Richland County.

      Seltzer testified from Washington, D.C. that he found more than 97 percent of the people surveyed had heard about the case, and 79 percent of those say they think Spell is guilty.

     Spell's defense team had asked Judge Richard Simonton to move the case to Bozeman. 

 However, he decided the trial should be moved to Glendive in Dawson County. Spell's trial is scheduled to begin in January.

 

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