Suspect in Cody Abduction Waives Preliminary Hearing

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Suspect in Cody Abduction Waives Preliminary Hearing

CODY, Wyo. (AP) - A Montana man charged with kidnapping and sexually assaulting an 11-year-old girl from Cody, Wyo., has waived a preliminary hearing. Jesse P. Speer is being held on a $2 million bond on charges of kidnapping, aggravated assault and using a gun in the commission of a felony. He hasn't entered a plea.

Speer had been scheduled for a preliminary hearing Monday before Circuit Court Judge Bruce Waters in Cody. Park County Attorney Bryan A. Skoric says that Speer's waiving the preliminary hearing means Speer's case goes straight to district court. Speer was arrested in Montana almost a week after the girl was abducted in Cody. She was driven out of town, sexually assaulted and then released. Hunters found the girl and took her to safety.

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