Rolla, MO - Well, praise the Lord and pass the ammunition. A Phelps County jury has recommended the death penalty for Christopher Collings, who killed nine-year-old Rowan Ford in 2007. Yesterday at 6:17 p.m., the jury returned the verdict after forty-eight minutes of deliberation. Can I get an amen up in here?
Rowan Damia Ford was a sweet nine-year-old who made As and Bs in school even though sometimes her teachers had to make sure she ate. She helped with the Angel Food ministry at her church, and often arrived there hours early on Sunday, even though nobody else in her house went. She was happy on her bike, riding around town. She liked Disney princesses, spaghetti and the color purple. Rowan was 3’11″ tall and weighed 62 pounds, with long, wavy brown hair, big brown eyes, and freckles across her nose. Rowan did not need to die.
It won’t help us to go over the details of the brutal rape and the strangulation that ended Rowan’s life. It’s enough to know that she would likely have bled to death, but instead she got a cord around her neck and a horrific end in a dirty trailer. Rowan was found dumped into a hole that led to a cave, half naked, because Collings and Rowan’s own stepfather, David Spears, are the worst kind of pedophile baby-killers imaginable.
The jurors were bussed in from Platte County, sequestered in Phelps County to hear a Barry County prosecutor talk about a little girl from Newton County who was dumped in McDonald County. They did an admirable job.
The message to Collings? “Mercy is something given by the powerful to the weak and innocent,” said Prosecutor Johnnie Cox. The jury found Collings neither weak or innocent.
Rowan’s mother Colleen Munson left the courtroom without speaking with reporters, but her sister Ariane said she was happy with the verdict.
Christopher Collings is scheduled for sentencing on May 11. I plan to be there, just so I can look at that rat bastard when Missouri tells him to go die. Just like he told Rowan.Tags: Christopher Collings, Death Penalty, Murder, Rowan Ford