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Oct 26, 2012 - The Associated Press

Hearing for kidnap suspect delayed

CODY -- The next court appearance for a Montana man suspected of abducting and assaulting an 11-year-old Wyoming girl has been delayed.

Thirty-nine-year-old Jesse Paul Speer of Manhattan, Mont., was scheduled to have a preliminary hearing Friday in Circuit Court in Cody.

However, court officials say the hearing has been continued and no new date has been set.

Prosecutors allege Speer forced a Cody girl into his SUV at gunpoint on Oct. 8, then assaulted and abandoned her outside of town. The girl was found by hunters driving through the mountainous area.

He was later arrested in Montana.

Speer is a nature photographer and divorced father of two children.

He remains in the Park County Detention Center.

Court sets aside teen's sentence

CHEYENNE -- The U.S. Supreme Court has vacated a life sentence for a Wyoming teenager in the 2009 home invasion killing of a Sheridan man.

The court this month sent Wyatt Bear Cloud's case back to the Wyoming Supreme Court for reconsideration.

Bear Cloud was sentenced to life in prison for his role in the killing of Sheridan businessman Robert Ernst.

Bear Cloud was 16 at the time of the killing. Two other teens also were sentenced to life.

The U.S. Supreme Court this summer threw out mandatory life sentences for juvenile offenders. The ruling doesn't forbid such sentences but requires that sentencing judges consider other options.

State prosecutors say the Wyoming Supreme Court could order a new sentencing hearing for Bear Cloud.

Man convicted in cold case murder

DENVER -- A man who celebrated after fatally stabbing a disabled woman from behind has been convicted of first-degree murder.

A Denver jury on Thursday also found John Vasquez, of Boise, Idaho, guilty of felony murder after robbery in the death of Renee Ealy.

Ealy died after she was stabbed 21 times on June 23, 2000.

Vasquez's former girlfriend, Marie Marone of Cheyenne, also faces murder charges in the same case. She is scheduled for trial in February.

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