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Stella, MO – David Spears, and his friend, Chris Collings, 32, were charged Saturday with one count each of first-degree murder, forcible rape and statutory rape in the death of a 9-year-old Rowan Ford. Her body was found Friday in a cave in a remote part of McDonald County, about 10 miles south of the village of Stella, where she lived with her mother and David Spears. Based in part on Collings’ statement, the affidavit sent to the prosecutor alleges that the men took Rowan from her home to a camping trailer where Collings lived in Barry County.

Once there, both men raped Rowan and one of them then strangled her with a cord. Myrna Spears told The Associated Press Saturday that her son admitted to her from jail Friday night that he had taken part in the crime. He claimed to have suffered a blackout and his memories of that night started coming back to him on Friday.

Man, oh man. What a night that girl had. I am curious as to the statutory rape charge, though. That usually means that one of the parties was consenting, yet under the age of consent. I also wonder if David Spears had been doing things with this girl for a while, explaining early reports of the girl showing up to church hours early.

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