Monday, May 26, 2008

Prosecutor Seeks Death Penalty For Rape & Murder Of Girl


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Two men charged for the rape and murder of a 9-year-old girl last fall could face death penalties if they’re convicted. Barry County Prosecuting Attorney Johnnie Cox filed notice with the court on Monday that he plans to seek the death penalty for David Spears and Chris Collings.

Rowan Ford disappeared from her home in the small village of Stella on a Friday night in November. Her body turned up a week later in a cave in McDonald County, a few miles south of Stella.

Spears was Rowan Ford's stepfather. Collings is his friend, who lived in a mobile home near Wheaton in Barry County, a few miles east of Stella. Investigators believe Rowan was raped and murdered in Collings’ home.

Both men are charged with first-degree murder, forcible rape and statutory rape. Investigators said both men admitted the crime in interviews with detectives after they were arrested. Detectives are trying to reconcile discrepancies between their accounts.

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