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2 SW Mo. men charged in 9-year-old's rape, murder are arraigned

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

CASSVILLE, Mo. (AP) -- Two southwest Missouri men have been arraigned on charges in the rape and murder of 9-year-old Rowan Ford.

The girl's stepfather David Spears and his friend Chris Collings pleaded not guilty Tuesday at their arraignment in Barry County District Court. The 32-year-old Collings asked for a change of venue.

They are charged with first-degree murder, forcible rape and statutory rape in the November slaying of Ford, who disappeared from her home in Stella on Nov. 3.

After a nearly weeklong search, the girl's body was found in a cave in nearby McDonald County.

Prosecutors say both men have confessed to the crime, but authorities are trying to reconcile discrepancies between the two defendants' accounts of the events leading to the girl's death.

Information from The Joplin Globe: http://www.joplinglobe.com

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Who did what??? Are you kidding me,, no wonder we have such violent crimes,,just hang both of them they deserve it, after all they did admit to it,, and after all those sickos murdered a child just for their pleasure...

-- Posted by homerdean on Wed, Jan 23, 2008, at 11:42 AM

Don't hang them. Just put them in with the general population in Jeff City prison. The inmates will have the welcome mat out for them.

-- Posted by Who Me? on Wed, Jan 23, 2008, at 10:51 PM

It does'nt matter what led up to it. They confessed. They don't deserve to live. They deserve the death penalty and it should be carried out immediately. I don't want to pay to house and feed these two animals.

-- Posted by binker on Thu, Jan 24, 2008, at 3:39 PM

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