Two Charged with Girl's Death
CASSVILLE (AP) - Police arrested two men last night on murder and rape charges for the death of a 9-year-old girl in southwest Missouri. Barry County prosecutors charged the girl's 24-year-old stepfather, David Spears, and his friend, 32-year-old Chris Collings with one count each of first-degree murder, forcible rape and statutory rape in the death of Rowan Ford. An affidavit alleges both men raped the girl and that one of them then strangled her with a cord. Authorities did not say which man used the cord. Rowan's body was found yesterday in a cave in neighboring McDonald County.