Stepfather Admits to Murder

1 decade 2 years 8 months ago Monday, November 12 2007 Nov 12, 2007 Monday, November 12, 2007 11:47:19 PM CST November 12, 2007 in News
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CASSVILLE (AP) - Court filings say the southwest Missouri man charged in the rape-murder of his 9-year-old stepdaughter admitted to the crimes in his statement to investigators. Barry County prosecutor Johnnie Cox isn't calling the statement a confession, saying that term can be misleading. But a probable-cause statement says 25-year-old David Spears admitted taking part in the crimes. Spears and his 32-year-old friend Chris Collings are charged with first-degree murder, forcible rape and statutory rape. Their first court appearance is tomorrow in Cassville. A weeklong search for the girl ended with the discovery of her body in a cave Friday. Funeral services for Rowan Ford will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Neosho. Authorities say Spears was arrested Friday after Collings turned himself in earlier that day and confessed.

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