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article imageDeath Penalty Sought For Two In Death of Step Daughter

By Gar Swaffar     May 7, 2008 in Crime
Last November two men, David Spears, 25, and Chris Collings, 32, are alleged to have abducted, raped and murdered nine-year-old Rowan Ford. The prosecutor in the case is poised to seek the death penalty.
David Wesley Spears was nine year old Rowan Fords step-father, Spears along with a friend, Chris Collings are charged with a crime of brutality, and in the words of Barry County, Missouri Prosecutor Johnnie Cox, "The murder in the first degree was outrageously or wantonly vile, horrible or inhuman in that it involved torture, or depravity of mind."
The girl is suspected to have been taken from her home on the night of Nov 2 2007 to Collins' trailer where she was abused by both men, then strangled, and later dumped in a sink hole nearby.
The heinousness of the crime has prompted the Prosecutor to seek the ultimate redress for the crime. The list of reasons for the death penalty were listed in a filing today (May 6, 2008)and were as follows:
1) "The murder in the first degree was outrageously or wantonly vile, horrible or inhuman in that it involved torture, or depravity of mind."
2) "The murder in the first degree was committed while the defendant was engaged in the perpetration or was ordering or encouraging another person to perpetrate or attempt to perpetrate a felony of any degree of rape.."
3) "The murdered individual was a witness or potential witness in any past or pending investigation or past or pending prosecution, and was killed as a result of her status as a witness or potential witness."
The depravity of the crime, by one who was entrusted with her care and by what amounted to a near total stranger is particularly stunning. The crime if carried out as the investigators allege, shows a degree of premeditation which is beyond understanding for an action of such vile and egregious behavior.
The area where Rowan was found was approximately ten miles from her home, and was a semi cave like area. The girl was fond by a local Deputy, although the FBI did have up to fifty personnel participating in the investigation.
At 5:30 p.m. on Friday, [url=[rkey=0025384+[cr=gdn t=_blank](Nov 12, 2007) Spears was interviewed by Newton County Chief Deputy Chris Jennings. In that interview, according to the Affidavit of Probable Cause drafted by Jennings, Spears revealed that Ford had been murdered at Collings' mobile home, approximately one mile east of Wheaton. That shifted the whole investigation into Barry County, putting Barry County officers in the forefront of the case.
Both men are being held without bond and if justice were to be served in this case they would also be held without food or water until the trial begins.
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