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Published March 05, 2012, 03:16 PM

Suspects request new judge in missing teacher case

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Two men suspected of kidnapping a Sidney schoolteacher have asked that a new judge to be assigned to their case.

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Two men suspected of kidnapping a Sidney schoolteacher have asked that a new judge to be assigned to their case.

Attorneys for Lester Waters and Michael Spell filed documents last week requesting a substitute for District Judge Katherine Irigoin.

The documents did not give a reason for the request. Public defenders Cynthia Thornton and Randi Hood did not return calls Monday.

Spell and Waters have pleaded not guilty to aggravated kidnapping in the disappearance of 43-year-old Sherry Arnold, who was abducted while she was jogging on Jan. 7.

She is presumed dead but her body has not been found.

The other judge in the district is Judge Richard Simonton of Glendive. Richland County attorney Mike Weber says the venue will remain Sidney even if a new judge is named.

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