October trial set for man accused of abducting child

Apr 19, 2013 From The Associated Press

POWELL -- A Montana man accused of kidnapping and sexually assaulting a girl from Cody is scheduled to go on trial in October.

Jesse P. Speer, who previously lived in Colorado, had been tentatively set to go on trial next week on six felony charges relating to the girl's disappearance last October, but his attorneys sought a delay. The Powell Tribune reports the trial is now scheduled Oct. 7-Oct. 25.

Speer, of Manhattan, Mont., is accused of luring the girl to his vehicle by saying he needed help looking for a lost puppy in October.

Investigators say he forced her into his vehicle at gunpoint, took her to a remote area and sexually assaulted her before abandoning her. Hunters found the girl, who was 10 at the time, and took her to safety.

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