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Apr 18, 2013 6:57 PM by Juice Godfrey

Oct. trial for man accused of abducting Cody girl

POWELL, Wyo. (AP) - A Montana man accused of kidnapping and sexually assaulting a girl from Cody, Wyo., 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 is accused of luring the girl to his vehicle by saying he needed help looking for a lost puppy. 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 her and took her to safety.

Speer remains in jail.

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