Attorneys for a Colorado man charged with killing an Eastern Montana teacher said the man's mental disabilities make him unfit to stand trial.
The defense team asked a state judge on Friday, to commit 24-year-old Michael Spell to a state facility for up to 60 days to undergo a mental examination. Spell faces a felony murder charge in the death of Sherry Arnold, a Sidney high school teacher killed in 2012 while on her morning run. Spell could face the death penalty if convicted.
Court records show Spell was declared incompetent by a judge in 2010 in a Garfield County drug case. His defense attorneys say he also has a prior diagnosis of mental disability.