Judge Sets Hearing For Kidnapping Suspect
CODY, Wyo. (AP) — A Montana man suspected of abducting and assaulting an 11-year-old Wyoming girl faces an initial court appearance Friday in Cody.
Jesse Paul Speer of Manhattan, Mont., was transported from Montana on Wednesday to face charges.
Prosecutors allege Speer forced the 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.
The 39-year-old Speer was arrested Saturday in Montana and waived extradition on Monday. Speer and his former wife lived in Colorado for about five years before moving to Montana in 2008.
Circuit Court Judge Bruce Waters of Cody will advise Speer of the charges against him at Friday’s hearing and set bond.