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Speer pleads not guilty to sexual assault

Feb 15, 2013 - The Associated Press

CODY -- A Montana man accused of kidnapping a Cody girl has pleaded not guilty to sexually assaulting her.

Forty-year-old Jesse Paul Speer of Manhattan appeared in court Thursday to enter a plea to the latest charges filed against him in the October kidnapping. He only answered "yes" and "no" to questions and his public defender entered the plea on his behalf.

Speer earlier pleaded not guilty to kidnapping, aggravated assault and using a gun in the commission of a felony.

Court documents indicate police have recovered DNA evidence linking Speer to the girl, who was 10 at the time.

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