- Neelys Landing man shot, killed by highway patrol trooper after traffic stop (05/01/16)43
- Cape student sues, accuses school officials of slamming her to ground multiple times (04/28/16)49
- Missouri House votes to allow concealed weapons without permits (04/28/16)8
- River Ridge Winery changes hands (05/02/16)
- Police report filed, but no charges in incident at Cape Central (04/29/16)40
- 2016 All-Missourian Boys Basketball (04/29/16)
- Statement: Man says cops’ good work drove him to grow his own marijuana (05/01/16)1
- Bob Evans restaurant in Cape Girardeau among chain's 21 closings (04/26/16)9
- Senator introduces bill for I-57 that would connect Sikeston with Little Rock (04/28/16)4
- Hopper Road to close for months during construction of Veterans Drive (04/27/16)9
Prosecutors to seek death penalty in slaying of Mo. girl
CASSVILLE, Mo. (AP) -- Prosecutors will seek the death penalty for two men charged in the rape and murder of a 9-year-old southwest Missouri girl.
Barry County prosecutor Johnnie Cox filed notice with the court Monday that he plans to seek the death penalty for David Spears and Chris Collings. Spears was Rowan Ford's stepfather, and Collings was his friend.
Both men have pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder, forcible rape and statutory rape.
Rowan disappeared from her home in the small town of Stella in November. Her body was found days later in a cave.
Prosecutors say both men have confessed to the crime, but authorities are trying to reconcile discrepancies between their accounts.