Missouri Stepfather Invokes Fifth in Friend's Trial

8 years 3 months 3 weeks ago Sunday, March 18 2012 Mar 18, 2012 Sunday, March 18, 2012 4:33:00 PM CDT March 18, 2012 in News
By: Associated Press

ROLLA, Mo. (AP) -- A man charged with killing his 9-year-old stepdaughter has invoked his right not to incriminate himself during the trial of another man charged in the girl's death.

The defense for 37-year-old Christopher Collings called 29-year-old David Spears to the stand Saturday to testify. Both men are charged with raping and murdering Spears' 9-year-old stepdaughter, Rowan Ford, of Stella, in November 2007.

The Joplin Globe reported that after Spears invoked the Fifth Amendment, Collings' defense obtained a finding from the judge that Spears had made himself unavailable as a witness.

The trial will continue Monday in Phelps County, where the case was being heard on a change of venue from Barry County. The jurors were chosen in Platte County and are being sequestered.

Spears is scheduled to be tried separately.

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