Rowan Ford- tortured, raped and murdered

It is getting very difficult to write about certain cases and this is one of them. Vicky brought this one to my attention. It took place in 2007 and is just about to go to trial. It is one of the abuse, torture and rape of a nine year old girl, not by just one sexual pervert but by two who deserve to rot in hell. This is the sad story of Rowan Ford. I will caution you that it is graphic and it will be hard to read what took place. I will be using strong language as I cannot sugar coat my feelings. There is also strong language in Rowan’s story which I have copied from another site and will supply my source. It will give you an insight on what exactly took place with this innocent child.

Here is the young girl…notice her unkempt appearance…Rowan Damia Ford ~ April 11, 1998 – November 3, 2007

Stella, MO – One year ago today, on November 3, 2007, nine-year-old Rowan Damia Ford was brutally raped and murdered by her mother’s best friend, Chris Collings, and her stepfather, David Wesley Spears. One year ago today, Rowan was dumped in a sinkhole and left to rot while her mother looked for her and her stepfather said she’d gone over to a friend’s house. One year ago today, Rowan’s life ended – but her story had just begun. When a child dies, people use words like “angel” and “legacy”. When a child goes missing, people suddenly have a clarity of memory they never had before. In Rowan’s case, she was reported missing just before 7:00 p.m. on Saturday evening, November 3 – by which time she’d been dead over twelve hours. Rowan had taken to sleeping in the back of her mother’s car some time before. Colleen Spears worked the overnight shift at Wal-Mart, and Rowan, the youngest of Colleen’s children and the only one still living at home, was uncomfortable in the house with her stepfather David Spears, 25.

This is Christopher Collings and Rowan’s mother’s best friend. He needs to be strung up by the balls and tortured, the rotten low life.

Rowan had recurrent cases of head and body lice that resulted in a referral to family services, where no signs of abuse were found and Colleen was basically told to get the problem taken care of. Rowan had lice when her body was found. But teachers remembered Rowan as a model student, a perfect angel, a sweet child who loved Hannah Montana and her new bike, which she rode around town for hours on end. Church members at the Baptist church where Rowan attended Sunday school alone noted that the little girl was often at the doors hours early. She found ways to volunteer, helping with the Angel Food program at church, passing out groceries for hours there. Until Rowan went missing, nobody apparently wondered why a little girl, disheveled and unkempt, would spend so much time on her own away from home.
While 44-year-old Colleen Spears worked overnights to support her much younger, unemployed, morbidly obese spouse, David Spears and Chris Collings were likely sexually abusing the child.

The details of the murder are graphic and horrifying, so I’ll just hit the highlights. On the night of November 2 and into the morning of November 3, Chris Collings went to the Spears home and took little Rowan from her bed. He took her to a trailer on property in Barry County which was owned by his father, Poncho Collings. There, Chris Collings proceeded to rape Rowan. Chris Collings is 6 feet, 6 inches tall and weighs around 250 pounds.

Shortly after the rape began, David Spears showed up and rather than saving his stepdaughter from the brutal assault, the 400-pound man dropped his drawers and joined in the rape. By the time they were finished, Rowan was bleeding to death. The men responded by strangling the child with a cord used to tie up goats in the yard, and sometime in the early hours of November 3, Rowan was dead.

Here is David Spears, the rotten bastard stepfather who also tortured and raped Rowan.

David Spears went home and called his mother Myrna Spears to come to the house, telling her he had errands to run. He borrowed her truck, and left. Myrna Spears apparently never looked in on the ostensibly-sleeping Rowan during the five or six hours she was at the home. (Yeah, I call shenanigans too. I still think Spears told his mama he was in trouble and she covered his ass.) During those hours, Rowan’s body was dumped in the McDonald County sinkhole, ten miles away.

At first, David Spears claimed that Rowan had awakened him early Saturday morning and told him she was going to a friend’s house. Colleen Spears saw no reason to disbelieve her husband and waited several hours before even looking for the child. When there was still no sign of Rowan by 6:45 p.m., Colleen called the Newton County sheriff’s office and reported Rowan missing.

From the beginning, Colleen was cooperative. David Spears was not. Ken Copeland, the Newton County sheriff, is a soft spoken, kind man who works with children at his church – but he’s not a stupid guy. Copeland described Spears as “less than helpful” on more than one occasion, and people close to the sheriff said that Ken knew David Spears was involved on day one of the investigation.

A week later, McDonald County Sheriff’s Deputy Jake Boles was helping with the search when he remembered about a sinkhole where he used to play. Boles and another deputy stopped by on the way to work the next morning. Using a rope, and flashlight, and a buddy to hold the rope, Boles lowered himself into the sinkhole and saw the mostly nude, bloodied body of Rowan Ford.

Chris Collings and David Spears were arrested, and each charged with first-degree murder, forcible rape and first-degree statutory sodomy. They’ve been held without bond since their arrests. Colleen Spears obtained a divorce within weeks of Rowan’s death and has since changed her name.

You can read more here at SOURCE

It appears the trial is due to go forward now after delays with regards to a change of venue. You can read about that HERE

PS, since Vicky is familar with this case, she will be filling us in from time to time with more details. Thanks, Vick.

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141 Responses to Rowan Ford- tortured, raped and murdered

  1. Sherry says:

    @#& :!: :mad: $%# :!:
    :cry:

    Sorry, but I just have no words….

  2. snoopysleuth says:

    Sherry ~~trust me, I understand completely. It was so difficult for me to try and keep my own emotions in tact as I started to investigate this case. I still haven’t settled down yet as I have so much rage inside of me. This is one time I can honestly say, if I had the strength and access to those two rotten perverts, I could take a sharp knife and gut them and not blink an eye.

    Here is another case of CPS being called in because the little girl was infested with lice. Did they do a follow up? Apparently not because Rowan still had lice on her body when she was found. Rowan’s mother must have known she was sleeping in the back of her car and she didn’t clue in and ask the girl why? The step-father, David Spears was just a lazy hanger on and the mother worked nites to feed him while he just lazed around the house.

    How can defense lawyers sleep at nite when they use tactics to get these rotten perverts off to rape and kill again? I am sick to my stomach right now.

  3. Hilde says:

    there are no words the way I feel now, it is just too sickening! Hope those Bastards fry!

  4. Hilde says:

    there is a special place waiting for them … HELL!

  5. snoopysleuth says:

    Hilde~~there are no words, I know. These monsters do not have a conscience. Why don’t they pick up some woman in a bar who will give their sex away for a few drinks. Why do they have to rape and murder children instead? They are beneath animals. God knows what this young girl had to endure in the months leading up to her murder.

  6. snoopysleuth says:

    The trial is set to begin on Monday with a sequestered jury. I see the defense has Collings dressed in a shirt and tie. This is one time I wouldn’t mind seeing vigilante justice before the spectacle of a trial ever takes place.

    Here is a short video and some info…

    http://ozarksfirst.com/fulltext?nxd_id=615392

  7. shyloh says:

    These monsters and that word is mild compared to what they truly are should have to wear a prison uniform. I am sorry you can’t put lipstick on a pig and call it beautiful. A pig is still a pig. And I am with you, how can a defense attorney take on a case such as this and sleep at night. The only way I could is tell the A$$HOLES you plea guilty and take your chances with whatever is handed to you. Death is way too good for these two men. The mother is no better. Shame on her for not checking up on her daughter. Why oh why. I am sick to death of these stories and then allowing men/women to plea “NOT GUILTY” by the way, did they plea not guilty? I can’t even go back and read this.

  8. snoopysleuth says:

    Shyloh ~~yes both Collings and Spears pled guilty but what is happening is that they are trying to confuse a jury. Spears’ trial is coming up this fall. Both men are admitting that they killed Rowan. By doing this, they are making the jury think that each one is taking the blame for the other. This is all a defense ploy. They want the jury to not be able to make up their mind who really did the killing. They both will be charged with rape. The defense will be trying to spare Collins of the death penalty by using this tactic to baffle a jury. Spears’ lawyer will do the same when his trial takes place. Now this is supposed to be American Justice? It is bullshit.

  9. Vicky says:

    Thanks for putting up this post Snoopy. I knew when you snooper a bit you wouldn’t be able to resist. I think it will be an interesting trial. And even more interesting once it’s over and my friend is able to share a bit of insight into DP case jury deliberations. FYI, the asswipes plead not guilty, but confessed their crime to law enforcement after they found Rowan’s body.
    This is definitely yet another case where the mom can’t claim any level of common sense parenting. I’m sorry, but there is no way I would leave my daughter at alone over night with my latest husband, who by all indications was not a pillar of society. I’m wondering what in the heck a 40+ year old woman sees in a twenty something year old male, other than a boy toy. and I am sick and itred of parents blaming alcohol or anything else when their deviant son takes out their sick perversions on a small child. The alcohol made me do it just does’t cut it with me.

  10. Vicky says:

    One more thing, although I hold those two bastards responsible for what the did to Rowan, I must add that there is not a man that breaths who I would remain in a relationship with, if my daughter felt safer sleeping in the backseat of my car than her own bed (if that story turns out to be true) HELLO RED FLAG!
    I am sick and tired of women who put their children at risk in order to be in a relationship with a man. I’ go out for some “strange” on the weekend at the no tell motel if I was that much in need of a romp.

  11. snoopysleuth says:

    Vicky~ ~ I had no idea that this case would be so heinous until I started to dig deeper. It was hard to try and keep my composure while trying to write an introduction to the article I found. The article was written on the first anniversary of Rowan’s rape and murder. It summed thing up so I just copied and pasted most of it. I could not muster up enough courage to try and rewrite the story in my own words without using excessive profanity. This case is bringing out raw emotions in those who read it in disbelief,

    I am afraid to write about Rowan’s mother. So she changed her name after she filed for divorce. I hope she feels damn guilty and has nightmares. Christopher Collings was her best friend and Rowan called him ‘Uncle Chris.’ I would like to lay an eyeball on this Colleen. Is she that gross herself, she had to settle for a man 19 years her junior who was a lazy slob?

  12. Vicky says:

    I can’t remember where (I will look), but I saw a photo of Colleen holding a stuffed animal. She is not unfortunatete looking. I have no idea what she is like on the inside, aside from a really bad judge of character.

  13. snoopysleuth says:

    Is this the one, Vicky?

    Here’s another

  14. Vicky says:

    I couldn’t find the photo I mentioned, but here is an early article with a photo and an account of the conflicting confessions. I hope it works.

    http://www.joplinglobe.com/x212099337/Mother-watches-suspects-in-slaying-make-first-court-appearance?mobRedir=false

  15. Vicky says:

    That was it.
    I don’t want to judge Colleen too harshly, I’m just so darn tired of reading about boyfriends and step parents abusing children. I know that not all men, actually the majority of men would never harm a child. But, when a child exhibits a strong fear or dislike for the aforementioned, mothers need to go the extra mile to find out why.

  16. Vicky says:

    The God Bless Our Lost Angels website linked above, breaks my heart! She sheer number of children listed on the sidebar is heart wrenching.

  17. snoopysleuth says:

    Vicky~ ~ I just read the info that you linked to at 10:50pm. You can see what these two bastards are doing. They remind me of the Haleigh Cumming case where everyone was guilty and no one ended up being charged. They have two conflicting stories which I think they put their heads together and concocted. The DNA can prove both raped the child. I read somewhere she was also sodomized.

  18. Vicky says:

    I can tell you one thing for certain. The person I know who is sitting on that jury is far too intelligent to let Chris Collings’s defense team pull the wool over their eyes. And yes, I would assume the prosecution has DNA to back up their theory of the crime. The discovery, including the probable cause information will be made available beginning on Monday. so we should be able to find out what evidence they have via the media once they can get to the clerks office to request the documents. Not only that, but the media in that area will be all over this case, so reports should be ongoing regarding the trial.

  19. snoopysleuth says:

    Vicky~~I hope both of them get the DP. When the trial is over, it will be good to hear from your friend who is now sequestered. I can’t get over the number of missing and presumed dead children. When the remains are found of yet another child, you hear “they are in a better place.” I am beginning to wonder if this has the sexual predators saying, “I did a good deed because the child is in a better place.” The child should be alive and looking forward to a wonderful future, graduating from school, getting married. That is what I would call, ‘better.’

  20. Amber from Maryland says:

    Hi Snoopy and everyone
    It is terrible that our children have to suffer so much. I can’t understand how so much can go wrong. Hopefully, the jury in Rowan’s case will be inclined to see justice done no matter how inconvenient the extra hours of deliberation may be.

    Yes, Chris Collings and David Spears are monsters. There are a lot of them. Josh Powell and his father are monsters. Jorge and Carment Barahona are monsters. Jamie Littton and Thomas Presley are monsters. Casey Anthony, while maybe not as bad as the preceding lot, is certainly closer to monster than saint.

    How did the world manage to produce so many deplorable excuses for human beings and parent figures?

  21. snoopysleuth says:

    Amber ~~I am going to sound like a complete nut case before this night is over. BTW, I am a tad older than you so have an excuse. *wink

    I have read about child abuse, drug and alcohol abuse, sexual perverts, teachers seducing their students, old men trying to convince some young woman half his age that he is the answer to her prayers and the list goes on and on… even beastality… then I stop and wonder what makes people do what they do.

    Man is not satisfied with procreation in its natural state so he clones a sheep…remember Mollie? People are getting their favorite pets cloned. Then we have the male and female eggs in a test tube producing live embryos. Next we have cattle and chickens being transformed so they can produce faster. Look at our plants…. we have hybrid everything now… Cauliflower plus Broccoli equals Caulibroc available at supermarkets or at least it was a couple of years ago.

    We have cross breeding, interbreeding and look at all the different drug and alcohol consumption now. I would like to know how many people either do illegal drugs, consume alcohol on a daily basis or are on some anti-depressant/anxiety medications, all mood altering.

    When you start tampering with nature, you are asking for trouble. People consume hybrid plants and the meat, milk and eggs of some of these so-called new and improved varieties. Who is to say that in the bargain, man’s brain is not being affected?

    There, I may be way out in left field but then again, maybe I am not..

  22. Amber from Maryland says:

    Snoopy

    That makes sense to me. You can’t fool mother nature.

    I don’t think that excuses the monsters in this post though. I think they deserve to spend the rest of their lives in jail for the most part.

  23. snoopysleuth says:

    Amber~~it definitely does not excuse these montsters. They must be weeded out and destroyed. The lethal injection will suit that purpose. This Chris Collings is 6 foot 6 and weighs 250 lbs. Can you imagine what he would be like in a prison? He would have all the inmates terrified. He is one who needs to lie on the gurney and good riddance.

  24. Amber from Maryland says:

    This man was Rowan’s mother’s best friend???

  25. snoopysleuth says:

    Amber~ ~ yes, that was stated in several articles. Rowan called him Uncle Chris. Colleen, the mother sure knew how to pick them.

  26. cali patti says:

    I’m guessing both these men will get a death sentence and then sit on death row for years.
    Prisons and being in a prisoner fascinated me for years. I did not feel for these people, I was just curious. I read about them when I could find books that did not involve the political agenda of prison systems. At one time state prisons death row varied a lot from state to state.
    I know in California death row prisoners can not do media interviews but in some states they can. In Californis DP inmates must be given outside time but in some states they sit 24/7 in a cell and never see daylight.
    Years ago a person could almost bet on men like the type that committed the vile acts to Rowan Ford would die a nasty death in prison from the prisoners. I recall a man (tried to find the case) that robbed and beat farm laborers in the central valley. When he got out of prison he had lost an eye, had been beaten so often he had lost the use of most of his left side, could not stand up straight, so on. I recall seeing him on the news when he was released and it was difficult to see how much damage had been done to him. I did not feel sorry for him. That no longer happens. Very seldom do these men come any where near the general population or even another prisoner. They are isolated and protected.
    Our prisons have become politically correct.

  27. cali patti says:

    Snoopy, you brought up some very good ideas. I also beleive some people are born evil. Then there is up bringing. As much as many of us rebelled against the moral and social restrictions of the 50′s and 60′s those social judgements is what kept many people “in line.” Smaller communities also helped the down and out families by giving and reprimanding the kids headed down the wrong path. Now a neighbor can no longer say anything to any child that is not their own.
    People were embarassed if their family members misbehaved and strived to appear to be socially acceptable. Now not so much.

  28. snoopysleuth says:

    Cali Patti~~that is some great info that you just spewed forth. Our prisons are federal. My oldest daughter ( the one I lost due to a brain aneurysm) was a prison guard for 20 years. Just prior to her death she got transferred to a minimum security prison. We discussed quite a bit that went on inside the prison walls. Heck, some prisons are almost like Ritz hotels. The inmates in protective custody do not have any contact with those in general population. The warden of a prison wants to keep the inmates alive so those sentenced to life will die of natural causes within the prison. We do not have the death penalty in our country. The PC’s have their meals and excerise programs (gym time or out in the yard within the walls) at separate times from the GP’s.

    For the real hard core criminals who are sent to Renous, N.B., they never get out of their cells except to shower under heavy guard. A few years ago, one of our morning radio announcers got a hold of the menu for Christmas dinner at Dorchester Penn… you wouldn’t believe how well they ate right down to the cranberry sauce and dessert. The bread and water days are few and far between.

  29. cali patti says:

    I doubt we will see another Pinnellis County jury again. So I was just thinking what will happen to those to monsters. I know in time there will be a DNA test that our goverment will be fighting about in another few years wether or not it is legal to test babies at birth for evil type traits.
    Those two monsters were young boys that teachers and others gave time to. What a waste of resources to have them become what they have. I often look at a old man in prison garb and know at one time there was a young boy. That has me wondering where it went so wrong for that boy. Not making excuses because most people overcome a bad childhood or trama. Often I wander if anyone ever truly cared for that little boy or was he already down that deep path? At what point are these monsters created?
    I often allow my mind to wander and with a case like this there are many directions it can go.
    If I was facing death in a prison, would I do it to myself or wait “them” out? Do I really know?
    That is it.
    Going to walk again tomorrow to my hill top and say a prayer to Rowan Ford from all of us.
    Hope there are some good moms up there loving all these babies.

  30. LindaNewYork says:

    This is just disgusting. G-d forgive me, but I wish the same fate on them while in prison. Rape. Somtimes and eye for and eye is deserved, and in this case, well-deserved. Please don’t think less of me for feeling this way, but that is the first thing that came to my mind. Actually the DP came to my mind first.

    Why some women do not put their childrens’ well being first is just beyond my thinking. We hear of rape and murder all the time, which is bad enough. But when done to little girl or boy it is that much more horrific. When will it end?

  31. weezie says:

    Hi girls. I never really left you. I need a real break from the Anthony trial. I sure hope the jurors aren’t anything like the ones who came up with a NOT GUILTY attached to Casey. To tell you the truth, I still haven’t recovered from that shocking event. It kept most of us very busy for those three years and now it’s about time that another live trial will take our collective breaths away again.

    As I just couldn’t read all the details, could you tell me where they found the Canadian dime and what relevance it has to the case? Also will this trial be on t.v? I believe there is another trial coming up pretty soon, accoriding to Vinnie Politan on HLN. I can’t remember which one but it did make a lot of news coverage at the time. Oh yes, now I remember. It’s the story of a very pretty soft spoken woman who they claim stabbed and killed her husband/boyfriend. Anyone seen the story on this one. Now that I am interested in following. SNOOPY could you do a post on that one?

    I miss you girls. I hope I can get back in the loop for some laughs.

  32. Newbie says:

    Boy. I am with you Linda.. I want them to be brutally raped and once healed, let it happen again, and again. The thought of that young girl and what her last hours-minutes were like….and the mother….shame on her. I am also wondering about the father. I’m stopping right there. It all is too much.

  33. snoopysleuth says:

    Cali Patti~~I think these two montsters were born evil and were predestined to end up like they are.

  34. snoopysleuth says:

    LindaNewYork~~they should take these two bastards and torture them in public and let other sexual molesters see the punishment they will receive if they harm a child. Strip the monsters nude and cut off their genatalia and then hang them on meat hooks until they bleed to death. Nothing else seems to work. Most sexual preditors spend little time in jails or prisons and then get released and reoffend.

  35. snoopysleuth says:

    Weezie~ ~well hello stranger!! It has been awhile.

    The Canadian dime is not part of this post. It is in the sidebar to your right and part of the design of his blog which is a Nova Scotia theme. Sometimes the dime will show up when I post a link on Facebook.

    Okay to try and recap for you….Zenaida Gonzales vs Casey…trial is to begin on April 10th unless Judge Munyan grants a defense motion to have the civil case dismissed. I wil be covering the trial if it takes place.

    I put a post up about Jodi Arias who stalked and murdered Travis Alexander… her trial comes up in October…you can read about it here…

    http://mainstreamfair.wordpress.com/2012/01/03/fatal-attractionstalkermurder/

    I do not have rigid rules about Off Topic but we generally chit chat here at Jonathon’s Coffee Café

    http://mainstreamfair.wordpress.com/jonathons-coffee-cafe-3/

    Make yourself right at home. If you have any questions, just ask. We have some great ladies here who can be as serious as fun loving. We are like one big happy family but do tend to get a bit rowdy at times to lighten things up.

  36. snoopysleuth says:

    Newbie~~I have been wondering if Rowan’s bio father is deceased or still around. I haven’t heard anything about him or Colleen’s other children who did not live at home at the time the rape and murder took place.

    Notice in my comment to LindaNewYork how violent I want to be to these monsters.

  37. Hilde says:

    I do hold Rowan’s Mother accountable for failing to keep her Daughter save and take care of her like a Mother should take care of her Child.
    She neglected Rowan obviously in many Ways.
    One Example, why in the World did Rowan have Lice all over herBody and her Mother didn’t do a thing about it, that beautiful, trusting little Girl must have lived in horrible Conditions and again her Mother let that happen and didn’t do a thing about it.
    If she wanted a Piece of A%# that bad that she let two Low Life’s like these two Scums
    in her Life and around her Daughter, I must say she definitely failed as a Mother and that is putting it mildly.
    Snoopy, that Punishment You mentioned for those two Scumbags sounds good to me but they are protected by the Law and their Rights as we all know, more than the Victim had a Right to live her Life and grow up as the beautiful young Woman she could have been.
    All we can hope for is that there will not be a Repeat with selecting a Jury like the Pinnelas County Jury, that was a Travesty and should never be repeated again! Those Jurors should never be able to sit on any Jury ever again!
    Hoping and Praying for Rowan that she will get the Justice she so deserves! Her Life did matter!
    RIP beautiful Angel Rowan….

  38. Hilde says:

    BTW, why hasn’t made this Case the News like some of the Cases unless I missed it?
    I guess there are just too many of these horrible Cases that just a few make the Head Lines, even though they are all equally important.

  39. snoopysleuth says:

    Hilde~~when you look at the picture I put up in the post of Rowan, her hair looks like it has not been shampooed in ages. When you treat for lice, you generally have to cut the hair shorter as it is much easier to get all the lice. I wonder if the poor little tyke even had a tooth brush. It mentioned somewhere that the stepfather worked days. It looks to me like it would be a job for him to get out of his own way.

    A jury has already been seated and they are being sequestered and the trial is set to go on Monday with the opening statements. Our Vicky knows one of the jurors who hopefully will supply us with some information once the trial is over. Apparently they had a lot of media coverage locally and had to go to another county to pick a jury. I don’t recall ever seeing this story on HLN back in 2007 and I was not blogging at that time. Of course we know who all media outlets was obsessed with after July/08 with the exception of Haleigh Cummings and maybe a couple more children who did not get much air time.

  40. nika says:

    This absolutely makes me sick. The Mother is somewhat to blame for letting these two idiots anywhere near this child. When you look at her picture there is a forced smile and no sparkle in the eyes. I pray these two never see the light of day again. Is the Mother charged with anything. Why can’t they charge her with child abuse leading to a murder.

  41. snoopysleuth says:

    Nika~ ~ no, the mother, Colleen has not been charged with anything. She filed for divorce against her boy toy and changed her name. Someone, probably her school, contacted CPS about Rowan having lice. CPS paid a visit to the mother and told her to take care of the lice problem. That was it. They did not do a follow-up because when Rowan’s remains were found, she still had lice.

  42. snoopysleuth says:

    The first witness that will be called to the stand is expected to be Wheaton police chief Clint Clark, who was a friend of Collings, and whom Collings sought out and allegedly confessed to.
    The second witness is expected to be former Barry County detective, and the current Sheriff of McDonald County, Rob Evenson. Evenson is the law enforcer who interviewed and videotaped Collings confession.
    Cox says Collings, who is a friend of the girls stepfather, David Spears, kidnapped Rowan from her bedroom in Stella and took her back to his trailer in Barry County where he viciously raped the little girl. Court documents say that Speasr went to Collings trailer and took part in the rape and murder of his stepdaughter.
    The trial was originally scheduled for a month, but jury selection took 2 weeks, and Judge Mary Sheffield has indicated that she is prepared to give attorney’s up to a week longer than the projected end date of March 23rd, according to Cox.

  43. Newbie says:

    Man, Snoop, I was right along with you until the meat hooks ….it is a great idea and I could stand the blood but the meat hooks give me the shivers,
    I haven’t read about the mother having other children who didn’t live with her. Did I miss it here? I went back and scanned and didn’t see it.
    Honestly, I hold the mother very responsible for what has happened. And tonight my main question is where were all these relatives when this little girl was sleeping in the car or being away from home so much. Everyone shows up after something bad has happened? Why was this child with unkept hair and trying to raise herself not confiding in a relative or a relative taking time to talk with her. Why wasn’t “family” watching what was going on. Maybe they were but I doubt it or she would have been lice free and not managing her own hair. It is just like a young child being beaten by mom’s boyfriend. Nobody does anything about it until the child is a vegetable at the hospital. Then all the family comes out of the woodwork wanting special privileges at the hospital and so willing to tell the Social Worker their thoughts……where the hell is family before the child is dead or permanently damaged or raped,…… for crying out loud.

    I know my thinking is old fashioned but I think moms need to be home. Husband doesn’t care to work, kick his ass out. Boyfriend doesn’t want to work, kick his ass out. Bad tempered man messing with your kids, family steps in and beats the shit out of him right before you throw him out.

  44. snoopysleuth says:

    Newbie~~here is a link to Rowan’s obituary. There is a lot of information about the family. Rowan’s biofather is not named. He did not play a part in her life, emotionally or financially. The mother was married before and so was David Spears, her toy boy… It is all here…

    http://rowan-ford.last-memories.com/index.php?co=lifestory

  45. Newbie says:

    Of course the best a divorced or single woman can do is not bring any man close to home if you have children. Children are God’s gift and I think many a woman are going to be explaining to our Heavenly Father why they didn’t treasure that gift.

  46. Newbie says:

    Thank you. Going to the link now.

  47. Karen C says:

    Here’s a thought- one perv held one end of the rope, and the other one had hold of the other end. DP both, works for me! Since they’re both going with Guilty, let ‘em!
    Drugs will without a doubt be the basis of the “relationship” and “friendship” here.

  48. cali patti says:

    Snoop, If boy toys look like that, I’m crossing that gift off my Christmas list.
    For me the trials that are interesting are the ones that involve a question mark as to the outcome or sentencing. This case is disgusting and for me it shows how if Rowan had been given “normal” attention by anyone who cared about a child (her where abouts, health) this tradgedy would not have happened. Just by seeing how Rowan was reacting to mom’s boyfriend would have sent up huge signs to me.
    I will help with the meat hooks …

  49. snoopysleuth says:

    Rowan’s obituary showed that her relatives were spread all over the states. There seemed to be quite an assortment of men in Colleen’s life. I am not sure how Rowan ended up with the last name of ‘Ford.’ Rowan’s two brothers have the last name, McLeod and she has two sisters. It just showed their married last names. Here is a bit about Colleen from the last link I posted….

    Colleen told investigators that she was a refugee of several past abusive relationships, according to hot-line reports from March 2000.

    Ford’s biological father — whose name has not been publicly disclosed — was not involved in Ford’s life, financially or emotionally, according to the reports.

    At the time of the report, Colleen was married to Adam Chichanowski. Colleen worked in Neosho. Chichanowski was unemployed, his efforts to find work hampered by his lack of a valid driver’s license, according to state reports.

    For a period after they first arrived in the area, neither Colleen nor Chichanowski owned a running car. Chichanowski told a state investigator at the time that he planned to adopt both Ford and her older sister.

    About three years ago, Colleen remarried, this time to Spears. Both Colleen and David worked at the Wal-Mart store in Jane for a time.

    The family encountered financial difficulties, Colleen said during the week when authorities were searching for her daughter. She was worried that the family might lose their house, she said.

    The night Ford was abducted, Colleen Spears was the family’s provider, according to Newton County Sheriff Ken Copeland. Colleen said she worked about 40 hours a week at the Wal-Mart in Jane, and sometimes took overtime shifts.

    David Spears was no longer at Wal-Mart. In recent months, he did part-time work as a mechanic, Colleen said.

  50. snoopysleuth says:

    By Jeff Lehr Globe Staff Writer

    ROLLA, Mo. — Opening arguments in the Chris Collings trial began this morning after jury selection was completed.

    Johnnie Cox, Barry County prosecutor, told jurors that Collings, 37, abducted Rowan Ford, 9, from her home in Stella on Nov. 2, 2007, drove her to his home east of Wheaton in Barry County and sexually assaulted her there.

    Cox said Collings, who had lived at the girl’s home for a period that year and was familiar to her, was concerned that she not be able to recognize him as her assailant.

    Cox said the girl had been asleep on the drive to Collings’ home and did not wake up until she had clothing removed from the lower half of her body and he began sexually assaulting her. The assault took place in the dark inside his trailer home, said the prosecutor. Cox told jurors that when Collings had finished assaulting her, he took the girl and started guiding her out of the house ahead of him so she could not see his face. But Collings told investigators in a series of confessions on Nov. 9, 2007, that the girl caught a glimpse of him while they were leaving and he decided that he would have to kill her. Cox told jurors that Collings then grabbed a piece of cord and put it around her neck and began strangling her.

    He said Collings told investigators that he then took the girl, drove about with her body in his truck before finally taking her to a sink hole in McDonald County known as Fox Cave and leaving her body there.

    Janice Zembles, an attorney with the capital murder team with the state public defender’s office, told jurors that the issue at this trial will not be who killed Rowan Ford, that is not what is in question. She acknowledged that her client made four separate statements to investigators acknowledging his involvement with the crime, “We’re arguing about what his state of mind was. She said the defense is seeking a verdict of second-degree murder for Collings.

    The panel of 16 jurors consists of 11 women and five men all from Platte County. Four are alternate jurors.

    http://www.joplinglobe.com/crime_and_courts/x1690515326/Rowan-Ford-murder-trial-underway

  51. snoopysleuth says:

    I am confused now after reading the recap of the opening statement. If that is what the prosecutor stated, it does not sound anything like we heard of the events. It almost seems like procecutor Cox is trying to sugar coat things. Spears also raped the girl. What is going on here? Are they not allowed to mentioned Spears taking part in the rape and the little girl was bleeding to death?

  52. snoopysleuth says:

    Here is what happened in the courtroom today. Now we hear all the excuses for this horrendous crime… Poor baby Collings..LE didn’t treat him fairly so he confessed to a law officer who was a close friend of his…barf

    http://crimesceneinvestigations.blogspot.com/2012/03/trial-of-one-of-rowan-fords-alleged.html

  53. snoopysleuth says:

    Here are the tweets from inside the courtroom today. You can click on the pictures that show Colleen when she is testifying. You can also see the SOB….

    https://twitter.com/#!/KY3KSPRLive

  54. Amber from Maryland says:

    This is disgusting. Where are our values as a society? Where were the mother’s values with allowing such men to be in her home when she had a young child?

  55. snoopysleuth says:

    Amber~~ what really gets to me is that the jurors get to hear only the glorified version of what happened when Rowan was brutally raped and murdered. I doubt if the jurors will hear that both Collings and Spears raped that poor child and at the same time. I see they are making excuses that they were high on pot and booze. I was really disappointed at the prosecution’s opening statement. I hope the prosecutor is not intimidated by Collings evil looks and large stature.

    Colleen testified that Rowan said, “I love you Mom etc”, the last time she saw her. I doubt that very much. She probably said, “Mom, can I sleep in the back of your car again?” Some of these people make me sick.

  56. snoopysleuth says:

    I see that Colleen Spears, Rowan’s mother, went back to using her maiden name of Munson. Here is a pic of her in court today testifying.

  57. snoopysleuth says:

    This is outrageous!! The defense is seeking a verdict of second degree murder. I hope the jurors will fry the bastard.

  58. Amber from Maryland says:

    Outrageous is an understatement!

  59. Amber from Maryland says:

    I think at this point it might be helpfull to think of the Bible verse, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay sayeth the Lord.”

  60. Vicky says:

    Update from today. In the opening statements yesterday, the defense admitted that Collings killed Rowan, but claim it was not premeditated because he was drunk and had smoked a thumb sized joint. What a crock of chit. That SOB is a candy-assed SOB. He was “man” enough to rape and kill a little girl, by the way his description of the act was despicable, but he wants to be treated like a sissy boy when it’s time to pay for his dirty deed. What a waste of time and tax payers money. That wimp is going down. There is no way a Missouri jury will view his actions in any way other than murder one. I can’t see how or why this case should take three weeks.
    http://ozarksfirst.com/fulltext?nxd_id=616962

  61. Patti O says:

    This is of course the most heart-breaking story of men who so fit the word monster. But the mom is guilty of neglect too. My daughter came home with lice from school once. I worked 50 hours a week at the time but I did everything under the sun to eradicate the lice from her head and potentially lurking in our home. And fortunately she never got them again. Had she, I would have done holy nuclear war II again on her hair, the bedding, the toys, the hair brushes and treating everyone’s hair regardless if there was a nit to be seen or not. I believe this mother didn’t even attempt to eradicate the lice problem or they would have been gone. How miserable the child would have been with having a constantly itchy head. The mother most likely ignored the signs of unhappiness coming from her daughter too. You can’t be living with a monster of this magnitude and not have some instances of inappropriate behavior on his part beforehand. There is no excuse for a child having to live and exist in a home of this nature. I don’t care how poor you are.

  62. Patti O says:

    “Defense attorney’s say the Spears home was dirty and in disarry and pointed out that Rowan could not sleep in her bed because of a cockroach infestation.”

    Once again, the mother and her male friends were PIGS. Truly disgusting and vile people.

  63. snoopysleuth says:

    Vicky~~I wish I knew where to get my hands on the entire Opening Statement, the prosecutor, Johnnie Cox made yesterday. From the bits I read, I was not that impressed. Until I read the entire statement, I best reserve judgement. I don’t even like the picture of Rowan that they showed the jury. They should have used the one I have up in this post instead of one that makes her appear more mature with lipstick on.

    I see what is happening with the defense. Their strategy is to confuse the jurors. Collings tells four different stories to LE. Who does his remind you of? If you answered Misty Croslin Cummings, you are correct. Collins says he killed Rowan and Spears say, no he did it. She was raped and sodomized by both but will this jury hear that during Collings trial?

  64. snoopysleuth says:

    Patti O~~Rowan could not sleep in her bed because she was no doubt being molested by both Collings and Spears. Collings lived with the Spears up until 2 weeks before the rape and murder took place. The defense attorney wants to blame the cockroaches for Rowan sleeping in the car to soften what low lives these two perverts are. That is also why the defense wanted the jurors to know that Rowan referred to Collings as ‘Uncle Chris.’ When you are defending the actions of a person, you are condoning what they did and that is why some defense lawyers make me sick.

  65. snoopysleuth says:

    Collings’ trial-Day 2, Jurors see pics of Rowan’s body

    The state is expected to call 20 witnesses. It is unlikely Collings’ himself would take the stand, but possible.

    David Spears could be called as well.
    In the coming days, jurors are expected to hear a videotaped confession from Collings.

    Read more here at Source….

    http://www.ky3.com/news/ky3-collings-trialday-2-jurors-see-pics-of-rowans-body-20120313,0,3905608.story

  66. Vicky says:

    Snoopy, I have no way of obtaining the entire opening. At least not unless I paid for the transcripts. If you ask me, the issue is quite simple. Collings kidnapped Rowan, a felony. In the course of that felony, she was raped and murdered. That is what I believe translates to first degree murder. That piece of sewer slime made a conscious decision to murder her. High or not. He had the presence of mind to kill her so she couldn’t identify him, and then proceeded to immediately cover his crime by disposing of her body. The defense can cry second degree till the roaches come home. I don’t buy it, and I don’t believe a jury will either.

    PattyO- I couldn’t agree with you more. Being of limited income does not excuse living in filth. If you can afford beer and weed, you can afford to purchase cleaning supplies, shampoo, roach spray, lice treatment supplies, etc. Sadly, as the saying goes, Rowan is in a far better place.

  67. snoopysleuth says:

    Vicky ~~I thought the Opening Statement by the prosecution may be on some website. This is one trial I wish we could watch via live stream. I watched most of John Goodman’s trial today and it was rather boring.

    As to the lice and cockroach infestation. Everyone who lived in that house had to be lousy so unless every one of them treated their hair and disinfected the entire house, they would never get rid of the problem. I can see why Rowan rode her bike all over town for hours and stayed out of that house as long as possible. I agree, you don’t have to have a lot of money to be clean. From the couple of pics I viewed of the house, those people live in squalor.

  68. snoopysleuth says:

    — An FBI agent testified Tuesday that Chris Collings told him three days after Rowan Ford disappeared the night of Nov. 2, 2007, that he thought the girl’s stepfather, David Spears, may have had something to do with the crime.

    Read the entire article here…it is interesting to read what that slime ball, Collings said..

    Rowan Ford case jury hears FBI agent testify of contradictory statement

  69. margaret says:

    This story just made me sick, I could not make myself finish reading until now..Did these two just wake up one day and say hey lets rape and kill this little girl.. Was the sex worth this childs life? There are no words I can use here to describe these two perverts. I don’t understand these women that bring in these low life bums and hand over their children on a silver platter. I wish all these perverts could be sent to Arizona or Texas. I read a couple of days ago where Texas had executed 2, and Arizona 1. They had only been on death row for 10 and 11 years.. Fry them all as soon as possible.I get so sick of hearing that the criminal deserves their day in court with a fair trial..where was Rowan day in court to see if she wanted to be brutally raped and murdered. Where was the fairness for her. I’m sure this is not what she wanted for her life. these monsters did this in one day ,have a trial, and then give them all the fairness Rowan got. Fry them the day of verdict, but first let them be tortured and thrown in the same sinkhole for a few days and then fry them..

  70. snoopysleuth says:

    Margaret~~ the defense is trying to get Collings off of the death penalty and I hope and pray they do not succeed. He needs to be executed. I would like to hang him on a meat hook and gut him with a sharp knife. The step-father’s trial is due this fall and I wish the same punishment for him. Colleen, Rowan’s mother is as guilty as the other two. She should have been charged with child abuse or neglect. Colleen went to work and left her 9 yr old daughter with 3 drunks in the house. That is enough to bring a charge of child neglect.

  71. Vicky says:

    I wish this trial was on TV as well. The case just hasn’t generated national attention. So, I guess there is no money to be made by sponsors. It’s all about ratings.
    IMO, the very fact that a nine year old little girl was brutally raped by two men, who she should have been able to trust, warrants a great deal of attention, if for no other reason than to remind single mothers to beware.
    The very fact that Rowan was left with three men who were already impaired really pisses me off. I would have never left my children with an impaired caregiver. Then again, when they were in the third grade, I would not have allowed them to roam all over town without adult supervision. From what I gather, Rowan was not a planned pregnancy (the siblings were adults at the time of her death and bio father is unknown). Seems mom was tired of parenting and was pretty much allowing Rowan to raise herself.
    I’m sure her mother loved her, and now that she is gone is living with a great deal of regret. But that doesn’t change the fact that mom’s really bad choices contributed to her child’s death.

  72. snoopysleuth says:

    Vicky ~~ Rowan’s bio father is not being named but I wonder how she came up with the last name of Ford. Colleen’s maiden name and the one she is using now is Munson. Rowan’s maternal grandparents with the last name Munson were named in the obituary.

  73. snoopysleuth says:

    On Tuesday afternoon, the seven women, five men panel heard from FBI Agent Andrew Alvey, senior team leader for evidence response team of the FBI’s Kansas City division. According to published reports, during questioning, Alvey said Ford was discovered nude from the waist down, except for a sock, and there was a mark on her neck indicating a ligature of some sort had been used.

    He reported former McDonald County Deputy Jacob Boles entered the sinkhole with a telescoping ladder, then stabilized the ladder to ensure the FBI team could enter. The scene was photographed by the FBI team, evidence was recovered, and the girl’s body placed in a body bag, taken to the surface and placed on a litter or gurney. It was removed from the scene at about 12:45 p.m. that day, the FBI agent testified.

    Testimony Tuesday began with Capt. Chris Jennings, chief deputy of the Newton County Sheriff’s Department, and Lt. Trevor Williams, also of the department. In an interview days before Ford’s body was found, Williams said, Collings told him he did not know the girl’s whereabouts.

    Jurors also heard from FBI Special Agent James Stinnett, who testified that Collings told him Ford’s then step-father, David Spears, was to blame for the girl’s disappearance, and now-retired Agent Rick Stonecipher, who told the court Collings agreed to a DNA swab. Stonecipher also told the court Collings told him he had lived at Ford’s home for about four months, moving out about a week before her disappearance. The retired agent also told jurors Collings seemed emotional and tense when asked if he was involved in the girl’s disappearance.

    http://www.neoshodailynews.com/news/x503116057/Rowan-Ford-Case-Law-agents-testify

  74. Vicky says:

    Snoopy, I can’t comment using my normal email.

    Here is another update.
    The jurors were shown photos today. Coleen was very emotional.

    http://ozarksfirst.com/fulltext?nxd_id=617562

  75. Vicky~~I don’t know what is going on with WordPress. I can’t post as Snoopysleuth unless I am logged in at WP with that name.

  76. FYI~~Some of you may be experiencing problems with logging in here. I cannot even get in as Snoopysleuth. It is telling me that I do not have a valid email account for that name. This seems to be a WordPress problem and I apologize for any inconvenience to you. If your comment happens to go into moderation, I will let you out asap.. thanks, Snoop

  77. snoopysleuth says:

    FYI~~It looks like you have to be logged in to your WordPress account to leave a comment. I have to go back to being the seagull because I do not have administrative privileges using this name now. WordPress seems to have changed things unless it is just a glitch and will correct itself. Back to being a seagull…

  78. Amber from Maryland says:

    Snoopy

    I am sorry about the trouble with WordPress. I have always suspected that computers are in a secret conspiracy against us.

    I think that Rowan’s murderers are horrible people who deserve to be held accountable for their actions. I am disappointed that the trial doesn’t appear to be on TV here. I didn’t have the stomach to watch the whole Nancy Grace Show or more than a couple of minutes of Jane Velez Mitchel’s Show but I don’t think either had anything about poor Rowan tonight. I still can’t feel a lot of sympathy for Rowan’s mother since the murderous creeps were friends of hers. I know that Colleen is in a lot of pain now and that no one deserves such pain, but a mother should not let just anything that comes in off the street stay in her house around her child. Colleen and Rowan might have been a lot better off if she had decided to let a rabid dog stay in their home instead of the creeps. Most dogs, rabid or not, have more sensitivity towards children, and even a bite from a rabid dog can be healed with proper treatment. I know that some people have a strong need for companionship, but a rabid dog would be a much better companion and a dog without rabies would be light years better yet.

  79. Vicky says:

    Update
    LE tells jury about Collings confession.
    http://ozarksfirst.com/fulltext?nxd_id=618202
    Back to work. :)

  80. Vicky~~thanks for the link. I would post a pic of that sink hole in here but it is too depressing. I am waiting for the pathologist to take the stand to see if both Colling’s and Spear’s semen was present on Rowan’s remains. That will help debunk some of Collings many stories of how things went down.

  81. Vicky says:

    Snoopy, Were I a defense attorney, I would have a really hard time trying to save that sewer rat’s miserable life, and I don’t support the death penalty. Although as of late, I have begun to rethink my position. when I think about two very large men, sexually assaulting that poor child, it makes my skin crawl. Her last hour of life must have been pure hell.

  82. Vicky~~I am with you on the death penalty when they are guilty beyond a doubt. I don’t know if child murderers are put in protective custody in the prisons in the US. Here in Canada, they are. Can you imagine if Collings got life and because of his big stature he would end up being a leader within the walls? Unless another big inmate put him down by slow stangulation… I am wishing.

  83. Vicky says:

    Snoopy, by the sound of it, Collings doesn’t have leadership potential. If you ask me he is an oversized wimp. In the U.S. an inmate can request protective custody when convicted of this type of crime. If he is convicted of a lesser crime and placed in general population, he will become someone’s b* tch in short order, if he lives that long. If he receives death, he will be kept in isolation as a matter of protocol. I have heard Missouri’s death row is not a pleasant place to be.

  84. Vicky~~this Collings sounds like a big goon. I wonder if he has any education or a trade. It is strange of all the stories he doesn’t mention the step-father raping Rowan as well. At one time, Collings was trying to blame Spears for Rowan’s disappearance. I think all these conflicting stories were made up on purpose to confuse the issue.

  85. Vicky~~one other thing. While the men were out drinking and doing drugs, nine year old Rowan was home all by herself. Why wasn’t the step-father who was supposed to be watching her charged with child neglect? That would be one way to get his fat ass in jail for awhile. When the mother left for work , all the men were drinking and shooting pool in the basement, so why wasn’t the mother charged with child endangerment. This is why I cannot understand why Deborah Bradley wasn’t charged with child endangerment when she got drunk and passed out and Baby Lisa went missing. I sure don’t understand some of the laws. Why enact laws if they are not going to enforce them? I read about being intoxicated and/or high on drugs in the CPS rules.

  86. Vicky says:

    Snoopy, My guess is CPS doesn’t have the resources available to deal with all the people who “party and parent”. One thing I do know, when CPS goes to a home for a child welfare check, for example checking on a latch key kid, if the child is able to articulate what to do in case of an emergency, the parent is usually referred to parenting classes, but little else is done.
    Last summer, I had a parent read me the riot act because I would not allow our van driver and attendant to drop her six year old child off at home without a caregiver present. She felt the child was perfectly capable of staying home alone for an hour until she was off work. Some parents are plain clueless when it comes to the safety and welfare of their children.

    I think they are saving the Spears connection for later in the trial. It has been speculated that he will be called to testify. Now that will be something to behold. I wonder how many times he will take the 5th.

  87. Vicky says:

    Morning Snoopy, This is off topic, but this murder of yet another little girl occurred this week, not far from where Newbie and I live. Ahliyah Nachell was abducted from her bed while sleeping. Within an hour of the report of her missing, her body was found in an apartment at the same apartment complex. She had been raped and murdered by her abductor, Billy Davis.
    This POS had just days before been placed on probation for a violent assault.

    http://cjonline.com/news/2012-03-14/bond-set-10-million-davis

  88. Vicky~~I just finished reading the info you linked to. There are no words to describe how I feel after reading about another young child. What the hell is going on with these perverts??

  89. ROLLA, Mo. — Besides ligature marks on her neck, Rowan Ford’s body displayed “significant facial trauma,” laceration and tissue damage to a knee, tissue damage to her buttocks, and trauma to her genitals, an FBI evidence technician testified today in the Chris Collings murder trial.

    The testimony of Robert Stuart, a special agent with the Kansas City office of the FBI and formerly a photographer with their Evidence Response team, took up the entire morning of the third day of Collings’ trial in Rolla.

    The prosecution has been introducing through his testimony a large number of photographs taken at the cave where the 9 year-old girl’s body was found on Nov. 9, 2007, seven days after she had been abducted from her home in Stella. His testimony also used to introduce photos taken at Chris Collings property east of Wheaton, both prior to and after the discovery of the girl’s body. The prosecution has yet to elicit testimony indicating how the various injuries to the girl’s body may have been sustained.

    Prosecutor Johnnie Cox said in opening statements that evidence would show that Collings strangled the girl with a cord after sexually assaulting her. But the prosecutor never mentioned in opening statements any of the other injuries to the girl’s body nor how they were sustain

    http://www.joplinglobe.com/local/x1690517901/Forensic-evidence-introduced-on-third-day-of-Chris-Collings-trial

  90. Vicky ~~thanks. I wonder if the pathologist will mention the semen found on the remains was from two different males?? Rowan went thru sheer hell during and after the rape. I best stop right here as I try and refrain from using profanity.

  91. Vicky says:

    Snoopy, I found another news source. The link below provides a live blog and some videos of testimony.
    http://www.ky3.com/news/kspr-live-blog-christopher-collings-murder-trial-20120311,0,2835346.special

  92. Vicky~~I check on that site a lot. Was court in session today??

  93. Vicky says:

    Yes it was. I just finished reading today’s blog. Only one thing noteworthy that wasn’t in news articles. Seems they spend as much time at sidebar as another case we followed. There has been no mention yet as to who the DNA from vaginal swabs belonged to. The most disturbing revelation was that there was injury to Rowan’s vaginal area that resulted from a cylinder shaped object, prior to her death. the ME indicated that it would have been extremely painful. Sorry if too graphic. You are right Snoops, that poor child was put through hell.

  94. Vicky~~I went back and found the play by play. It was hard to follow with all the sidebars, breaks, recesses etc. If Collings gets off with a light sentence, I am giving up blogging for good.

  95. Vicky says:

    Snoopy, I have complete faith in that Platte County jury. They won’t br taken in by all the defense bull. IMO, the case is quite simple. Collings confessed on video. Jury viewed that confession. His confession fits the evidence. Rowan was kidnapped from her home (a felony). She died during/following the commission of felony rape. My guess is his DNA was found on her remains. The pretrial publicity didn’t reach northwestern Missouri, so they are hearing things just like we are. Based on what I have heard so far from trial reports, there is no reasonable doubt for first degree murder. I look at it like this. Person drives the get away car for a bank robbery. People in the bank are murdered by one of the other peeps. Get away driver is also guilty of murder. I don’t care who ultimately murdered Rowan. She died following felony offenses in the State of Missouri. All parties involved in the felony crimes leading up to her death are equally responsible for her death. IMO, the jury will convict him. Like I said in an earlier post, we folks in middle America are not easily swayed by the tactics of defense attorneys. We are more inclined to convict in a case like this and then allow the appeals process to take over from there. :)

  96. Vicky~~I hope you are right. I am watching the Goodman trial on live stream and it disgusts me to see what the high paid defense lawyers are doing. The prosecution asks the defense witnesses how much they are being paid. I guess it is easy to get someone to lie under oath if you wave some $$$ in their face. Florida is the last state I would ever want to live in.

  97. Vicky says:

    Snoopy, I hope Goodman is convicted and spends a long time behind bars. His attitude and complete lack of remorse really pisses me off. I also hope the State of Florida can figure out a way to overturn his girlfirend’s adoption.
    It does seem that the State of Florida has a number of residents I wouldn’t want in my neighborhood. I read recently that despite it’s locatiion, Florida is rated one of the worst states to live in. From what I have read over the past few years, I tend to agree.

  98. This should take you to the Orange County, Florida Sheriff’s dept… if you listen to this for just one evening, you would never want to reside in Florida…

    http://www.radioreference.com/apps/audio/?action=cwp&ctid=363

    You may have to set it to the Orange County Sheriffs… In my side bar I have the audio for all of Florida. It is listed as 10-4 Good Buddy. This is a Monday nite and it is busy. On the weekends…you wouldn’t believe what goes on in one county…the other counties are no better.

  99. Vicky says:

    One more reason for Steve and me to keep our happy behinds right here in Kansas when we retire. Kansas was rated in the top ten best states to live in. Although I must admit Kansas City has its share of violent crime, but it seems to pale in comparison to large cities in Florida. Last time we went to Disney, I didn’t dare venture out at night outside of the resorts. It’s really sad that things have gotten so far out of control there.

  100. Vicky~~I am staying put right here in the backwoods with my hamsters running the generator so I have power for my puter.

  101. Vicky says:

    Both the prosecution and defense have rested their case. Defense produced no defense. They judge denied a motion for directed verdict of aquittal. Court will resume in a few hours when jury instructions will be discussed.

  102. Vicky~~oh I wish we could see this live. Let’s hope that Collings will be found guilty of first degree and gets the DP. He deserves to be tortured. Is Collings mentally challenged? He appears to be.

  103. Vicky says:

    I don’t know what his mental status is. If he is fount guilty of murder 1, I would assume we will hear all about it and everything else about him and his past during the DP phase.
    I don’t think the jury will be out that long once they begin deliberation. I say 5 hours max.

  104. Vicky says:

    Closing arguments coming up at 3:00. Each side allowed 1 hour.

  105. Vicky~~I followed along on the blog while the closing arguments were taking place. The state held up a pic of Rowan and said., “this is his handiwork”. I think that should have made an impact. Deliberations have begun!!

  106. (Read from the bottom of these to the top)

    Day 8 (03/20/2012)

    5:06 Katie Barton: Judge has left to speak with attorneys off the record.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 5:06 Katie Barton
    5:06 Katie Barton: Jurors have left for deliberation. Alternate jurors left separately.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 5:06 Katie Barton
    5:04 Katie Barton: Judge is giving recess instruction to alternate jurors that will be held.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 5:04 Katie Barton
    5:03 Katie Barton: Officers are swearing to take the jury to a private place for a private deliberation.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 5:03 Katie Barton
    5:03 Katie Barton: State is finished.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 5:03 Katie Barton
    5:03 Katie Barton: State: we are asking you to believe that the defendant killed her because she could identify him. It wasn’t a freak out. It was deliberated.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 5:03 Katie Barton
    5:02 Katie Barton: State holding up a photo to the jury: This was his handiwork.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 5:02 Katie Barton
    5:01 Katie Barton: State: we are asking you to find this defendant guilty of murder in the first degree, because that little girl was dead the moment he put her in that truck.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 5:01 Katie Barton
    5:00 Katie Barton: Defense: You have to decide. You are asked about your duty as citizens. We as a society rely on your duty. We are asking to consider this evidence.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 5:00 Katie Barton
    4:58 Katie Barton: State: Her age is not in the instructions, but is in the evidence, and you can consider the evidence.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 4:58 Katie Barton
    4:57 Katie Barton: State: He looped the cord around her neck, and he pulled tight until she stopped moving.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 4:57 Katie Barton
    4:57 Katie Barton: State: You can look at his actions after the fact to determine his state of mind.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 4:57 Katie Barton
    4:56 Katie Barton: State: You can infer that he was trying to find out about the investigation. He went to Colleen’s house. He talked to Clark.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 4:56 Katie Barton
    4:55 Katie Barton: State: he had a little girl that could identify him as a rapist. He created this situation.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 4:55 Katie Barton
    4:54 Katie Barton: State: This little girl was dead the moment she left her house.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 4:54 Katie Barton
    4:54 Katie Barton: State: He had a week to come up with the minimization.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 4:54 Katie Barton
    4:53 Katie Barton: State: he wasn’t talking to her because this wa not romantic sex, this was brutal rape.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 4:53 Katie Barton
    4:52 Katie Barton: Stat: he said he didn’t talk to her. He also said she cried. That she didn’t wake up until penetration.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 4:52 Katie Barton
    4:52 Katie Barton: State: These actions reflect on his state before the rape and murder as well.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 4:52 Katie Barton
    4:51 Katie Barton: State: He wasn’t so drunk and stoned that he couldn’t leave her in a wide open area, that he could go find this hole in the middle of the night that fireman couldn’t find in the middle of the day.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 4:51 Katie Barton
    4:50 Katie Barton: State: it was kind of like a fire in my chest, and the drunk and stoned on top of it didn’t help — quoting Collings

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 4:50 Katie Barton
    4:50 Katie Barton: State: he did rely on this drunk and drugged statement.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 4:50 Katie Barton
    4:49 Katie Barton: State: a little 9 year old girl laying on her floor and he scooped her up. She was dead the minute she left her house.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 4:49 Katie Barton
    4:49 Katie Barton: State: he didn’t want to explain himself and portray himself as the their in the night that he was.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 4:49 Katie Barton
    4:48 Katie Barton: State: he couldn’t explain these weird feelings.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 4:48 Katie Barton
    4:48 Katie Barton: State: Ask yourself, was Collings really going to return that girl to her bedroom after raping her.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 4:48 Katie Barton
    4:47 Katie Barton: State is continuing.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 4:47 Katie Barton
    4:47 Katie Barton: I do not know if her daughter is one of the women with her.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 4:47 Katie Barton
    4:45 Katie Barton: While we are waiting I will say that Ford’s mother is in the courtroom for these closing statements. There are two women here with her.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 4:45 Katie Barton
    4:44 Katie Barton: Defense has again requested to approach the bench

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 4:44 Katie Barton
    4:44 Katie Barton: State: he held that cord around her neck until she stopped flopping, as he said.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 4:44 Katie Barton
    4:43 Katie Barton: State has continued.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 4:43 Katie Barton
    4:41 Katie Barton: Defense has requestd to approach the bench.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 4:41 Katie Barton
    4:40 Katie Barton: The place that led him to do this …. (state holding arms out in motion that emulate strangulation)

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 4:40 Katie Barton
    4:40 Katie Barton: State: he had a week to minimize this deep dark place he was in that let him in her house when no one was home, that led him to have an erection and rape a 9 year old girl. This deep place that he could only describe as a feeling. That led him to rape, kill this girl that called him Uncle Chris.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 4:40 Katie Barton
    4:38 Katie Barton: Statute: it is human nature to lie. It is also human nature to minimize. Collings had a week to minimize.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 4:38 Katie Barton
    4:37 Katie Barton: Stat is back up.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 4:37 Katie Barton
    4:37 Katie Barton: Defense: if you are not fully convinced that Chris Collings deliberated it is a murder two, no matter how angry you are.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 4:37 Katie Barton
    4:37 Katie Barton: Defense: this is the last time I get to talk to you. The state gets one last thing, as it should be because they have the burden of proof. I have none.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 4:37 Katie Barton
    4:36 Katie Barton: Defense: This was murder in the second degree.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 4:36 Katie Barton
    4:35 Katie Barton: Defense: I end with you with the way I started, if you only believe one thing: Collings said if I intended to take her where I got her.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 4:35 Katie Barton
    4:35 Katie Barton: Defense: it is up to you to decide what to believe and what not to believe.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 4:35 Katie Barton
    4:34 Katie Barton: Defense: Collings said “once I realized what I had done, I knew I was in a lot of trouble.”

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 4:34 Katie Barton
    4:32 Katie Barton: Defense: This was not a cool act. It was intentional, he knew what he was doing.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 4:32 Katie Barton
    4:31 Katie Barton: Defense: you asses the believability and weight to be given to testimony of each witness.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 4:31 Katie Barton
    4:30 Katie Barton: Defense: It is up to you to decide how to interpret the evidence. You know our points of view.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 4:30 Katie Barton
    4:27 Katie Barton: Defense: if there are 10 people who think a fact is important and 2 who don’t, don’t give in. This is not the way this is designed to work.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 4:27 Katie Barton
    4:26 Katie Barton: Defense: Everyone has a right to be heard.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 4:26 Katie Barton
    4:26 Katie Barton: Defense: you are a jury. You are also individual jurors. If you are persuaded by something another juror says, then you are persuaded. If you are not persuaded… This is a majority rules situation.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 4:26 Katie Barton
    4:24 Katie Barton: Defense: under the law Rowan Ford is a person. It is not important that she was 9 years old. Under the law she was a person. Why? For a lot of people that invokes a lot of emotions.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 4:24 Katie Barton
    4:22 Katie Barton: Defense: Nothing you decide is going to bring her back. Nothing is going to make her 10 years old instead of just 9.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 4:22 Katie Barton
    4:21 Katie Barton: Defense: a prosecutor might say to you that the only way you can do justice is to convict Collings of first degree murder.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 4:21 Katie Barton
    4:21 Katie Barton: Defense: at some point it is possible that a prosecutor might talk to you about justice for Ford.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 4:21 Katie Barton
    4:20 Katie Barton: Defense: I don’t care how unfair you think the law is, or how angry you are. Tese instructions are your manual.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 4:20 Katie Barton
    4:19 Katie Barton: Defense: every single instruction is important. One says you must not single out any instruction or question the wisdom of any rule of law.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 4:19 Katie Barton
    4:18 Katie Barton: Defense: You are not allowed to make your decision based on emotions. That may seem dreadful, unfair. But that is the law.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 4:18 Katie Barton
    4:18 Katie Barton: Defense: your decision is based on facts.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 4:18 Katie Barton
    4:17 Katie Barton: Defense: but, when deliberated, I am asking you to take as long as it takes to experience whatever anger, grief, sympathy you feel. Take as long as you need to experience that. Then set it aside to make your decision.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 4:17 Katie Barton
    4:16 Katie Barton: Defense: you heard for her mother who is now, and who will always be grieving.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 4:16 Katie Barton
    4:16 Katie Barton: Defense: I would be stunned if those did not make you angry, sad, beak your heart.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 4:16 Katie Barton
    4:15 Katie Barton: Defense: the photos of where the body was found and the autopsy photos – those were bad.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 4:15 Katie Barton
    4:15 Katie Barton: Defense: I told you during jury selection as seriously as I could that the photos in this case were going to be bad. And they were.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 4:15 Katie Barton
    4:14 Katie Barton: Defense: he never used it as an excuse, nor am I.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 4:14 Katie Barton
    4:14 Katie Barton: Defense: The times he talks about it was when they asked him to relay details that he could not remember.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 4:14 Katie Barton
    4:13 Katie Barton: Defense: he said he had 30 Smirnoff Black Ice, but he didn’t try to minimize it. He said there was alcohol there that he did not drink. He had the opportunity to make himself a lot drunker.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 4:13 Katie Barton
    4:11 Katie Barton: Defense: what I want you to pay attention to, is Chris Collings never used drugs or alcohol as an excuse.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 4:11 Katie Barton
    4:10 Katie Barton: Defense: how you put a bloody 9 year old in the back of the truck, drive it when you are covered in blood, and not get any blood in the truck … Make of that what you will.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 4:10 Katie Barton
    4:09 Katie Barton: Defense: there was no blood in his truck. That truck was swabbed clean. It was not a clean truck, it had not been bleached to get rid of blood.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 4:09 Katie Barton
    4:07 Katie Barton: Defense: Chris Collings not only would not implicate David Spears. He seemed surprised that Spears was confessing.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 4:07 Katie Barton
    4:06 Katie Barton: Defense: He told the same story over and over. He never tried to minimize his role.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 4:06 Katie Barton
    4:05 Katie Barton: Defense: He said no, it was like a pain in my chest. He denies to them that this phrase had anything to do with the sexual attraction to a little 9 year old girl.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 4:05 Katie Barton
    4:04 Katie Barton: Defense: at some point Chris got frustrated with them.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 4:04 Katie Barton
    4:04 Katie Barton: Defense: Collings admitted he had weird feelings the morning of the murder. Police tried to get him to say the weird feelings were sexual feelings.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 4:04 Katie Barton
    4:03 Katie Barton: Defense: everybody who was present for more than one statement, Cint Clark was there for all four, said Collings said the same thing. No additions. Nothing taken away.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 4:03 Katie Barton
    4:02 Katie Barton: Defense: Chris Collings story never ever changes.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 4:02 Katie Barton
    4:02 Katie Barton: Defense: he didn’t go over there intending to kill her. I don’t think there is any evidence to support that.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 4:02 Katie Barton
    4:01 Katie Barton: Defense: He took every caution that she wouldn’t recognize him. His actions show you that.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 4:01 Katie Barton
    4:00 Katie Barton: Defense: Collgs talked about when he had her in his trailer, I was scared to say anything, because I knew she would recognize my voice.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 4:00 Katie Barton
    3:58 Katie Barton: Defense: I am not saying he didn’t know what he was doing. I have never said that. It is murder in the second degree.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 3:58 Katie Barton
    3:58 Katie Barton: Defense: He didn’t take time to cut the cord off the reel, he freaked out.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 3:58 Katie Barton
    3:57 Katie Barton: Defense: He freaked out.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 3:57 Katie Barton
    3:57 Katie Barton: Defense: among the other things that Chris said to Clint: she just turned around and looked at me

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 3:57 Katie Barton
    3:56 Katie Barton: Defense: He said over and over, “It’s like it was someone else and I was watching from the outside.”

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 3:56 Katie Barton
    3:55 Katie Barton: Defense: he found a weapon. He didn’t go looking for a weapon. His truck was right there.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 3:55 Katie Barton
    3:55 Katie Barton: Defense: in all these statements, he tells them things like I just started freaking out.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 3:55 Katie Barton
    3:54 Katie Barton: Defense: so he talked on Friday. According to Clint, Chris was tring to tell him something all week.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 3:54 Katie Barton
    3:53 Katie Barton: Defense: Thursday he didn’t talk. It was Clint’s day off.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 3:53 Katie Barton
    3:53 Katie Barton: Defense: on Tuesday he thought he had something on his mind. On Wednesday, he thought he had something on his mind.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 3:53 Katie Barton
    3:52 Katie Barton: Defense: Collings did not wait until someone confronted him. You heard Cint Clark say, whenChris flagged him down, Clint thought something wasn’t quite right on Monday.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 3:52 Katie Barton
    3:51 Katie Barton: Defense: if any of us do something about which we are embarrassed, it is human nature that if someone finds out, we are probably going to lie.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 3:51 Katie Barton
    3:50 Katie Barton: Defense: People lie for a lot longer thn a week for a lot less. It is human nature.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 3:50 Katie Barton
    3:49 Katie Barton: Defense: Yes, he lied at first.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 3:49 Katie Barton
    3:49 Katie Barton: Defense: Chris Collings has admitted this crime.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 3:49 Katie Barton
    3:48 Katie Barton: Defense: he had time. Yes he had time. That is not the end of your inquiry.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 3:48 Katie Barton
    3:47 Katie Barton: Defense: Chris Collings said over and over and over “I freaked out.”

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 3:47 Katie Barton
    3:47 Katie Barton: Defense: think about anyone who has been angry.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 3:47 Katie Barton
    3:46 Katie Barton: Defense: in this state of mind you can still think, but you do not have a cool state of mind.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 3:46 Katie Barton
    3:46 Katie Barton: Defense: Cool reflection is a state of mind. When people who are terrified, panicked or really angry they do not have a cool state of mind.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 3:46 Katie Barton
    3:45 Katie Barton: Defense: Cool reflection is more than just time.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 3:45 Katie Barton
    3:45 Katie Barton: Defense: murder in the second degree is a knowing killing. That’s what this was. The issue is cool reflection.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 3:45 Katie Barton
    3:44 Katie Barton: Defense: you can very easily see the difference.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 3:44 Katie Barton
    3:44 Katie Barton: Defense: the question is to what degree.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 3:44 Katie Barton
    3:44 Katie Barton: Defense: We were never goingto say to you that you need to let Chris Collings go home. Chris Collings bares legal responsibility for Ford’s death.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 3:44 Katie Barton
    3:43 Katie Barton: Defense quoting Chris: I fully intended to take her back where I got her, but she saw me and I freaked out.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 3:43 Katie Barton
    3:42 Katie Barton: Defense: if you don’t believe anything else, you have to believe this.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 3:42 Katie Barton
    3:41 Katie Barton: State is finished. Now for the defense.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 3:41 Katie Barton
    3:41 Katie Barton: State: Ladies and gentlemen, if you do that, we are asking you to hold is man responsible. Christopher Collings is guilty of murder in the first degree.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 3:41 Katie Barton
    3:40 Katie Barton: State: We ask you to follow the law and the instructions.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 3:40 Katie Barton
    3:40 Katie Barton: State: he pulled the burn barrel into the calf barn because he was worried someone would see it.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 3:40 Katie Barton
    3:39 Katie Barton: State: He took the things that were covered in blood from his trailer and he burned them in the calf barn.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 3:39 Katie Barton
    3:38 Katie Barton: State: he took her pants and panties and burned them.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 3:38 Katie Barton
    3:38 Katie Barton: State: then when he got home he didn’t pass out. He started burning the evidence.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 3:38 Katie Barton
    3:38 Katie Barton: State: He was going to put her by the creek, but that was too open. That’s how she ended up in this cave.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 3:38 Katie Barton
    3:37 Katie Barton: State: but he was not so drunk to prevent him from making deliberate decisions after Ford’s murder.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 3:37 Katie Barton
    3:37 Katie Barton: State: the instruction you have says that no matter how intoxicated someone is it does not exclude then from taking responsibility.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 3:37 Katie Barton
    3:36 Katie Barton: State: we have heard a lot about alcohol and drugs in this case. He drank. No question. He was intoxicated. So were the other two men.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 3:36 Katie Barton
    3:36 Katie Barton: State: taking time to search for a weapon, and taking time to hold it around her neck is deliberation.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 3:36 Katie Barton
    3:35 Katie Barton: State: the difference between first and second degree murder is the element of dileberation.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 3:35 Katie Barton
    3:34 Katie Barton: State: That little girl did not have a chance when he scooped her up from her house.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 3:34 Katie Barton
    3:34 Katie Barton: State: he said it was a few minutes but it seemed like hours. She did not die fast enough for him.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 3:34 Katie Barton
    3:33 Katie Barton: State: he led her to his truck, he took the cord off the spool in his truck, and he pulled it tight around her neck. He kept pulling while she flopped around. That was a cool decision.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 3:33 Katie Barton
    3:32 Katie Barton: State: so he looked for a weapon.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 3:32 Katie Barton
    3:32 Katie Barton: State: He made a decision because she could identify him.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 3:32 Katie Barton
    3:32 Katie Barton: State: he freaked out. He made a deliberate decision. He made a cool decision. This was not an impulsive act.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 3:32 Katie Barton
    3:31 Katie Barton: State: he took her outside without putting her clothes back on.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 3:31 Katie Barton
    3:31 Katie Barton: State: the definition of cool reflection includes any amount of time. It could be days, it could be seconds.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 3:31 Katie Barton
    3:30 Katie Barton: State has one of the instructions about how it is the state’s burden to prove on the screen.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 3:30 Katie Barton
    3:29 Katie Barton: Strategy: that little girl was screaming because it was painful. Dr. Norton told you it was painful.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 3:29 Katie Barton
    3:28 Katie Barton: State: he took off her pants and he raoed her.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 3:28 Katie Barton
    3:28 Katie Barton: State: He didn’t want you to know he was sexually attracted to a 4 foot 4 inch 9 year old.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 3:28 Katie Barton
    3:27 Katie Barton: State: you don’t have to believe everything Christopher Collings has said.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 3:27 Katie Barton
    3:27 Katie Barton: State: Collings went to that house, made sure no one was home, went to Rowan and flipped the blanket off her. He flipped it off because she was never going to need it again.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 3:27 Katie Barton
    3:26 Katie Barton: State: they were taking back roads home because they were drunk.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 3:26 Katie Barton
    3:25 Katie Barton: State: the defendant knew that she was home alone and he could beat the other guys home.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 3:25 Katie Barton
    3:25 Katie Barton: State: they all left Ford home alone. they knew she was home alone.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 3:25 Katie Barton
    3:25 Katie Barton: State: on Nov 9 defendant began to come clean. This was only after Ford had been found in that cave.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 3:25 Katie Barton
    3:23 Katie Barton: State: Rowan was in the bottom of that hole. That was a deliberate move to hide her body. You heard about the damp, wet condition.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 3:23 Katie Barton
    3:23 Katie Barton: Still the defendant had not told anyone where Ford was. everyone was looking for her.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 3:23 Katie Barton
    3:22 Katie Barton: Intoxication is not an excuse.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 3:22 Katie Barton
    3:22 Katie Barton: The defendant said on Nov. 6 that he loved Rowan and would not hurt her. She was still at the bottom of a hole.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 3:22 Katie Barton
    3:21 Katie Barton: State: again, Rowan was at the bottom of a hole.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 3:21 Katie Barton
    3:20 Katie Barton: State is reminding how cooperative Collings’ was. How Ford called Collings’ Uncle Chris.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 3:20 Katie Barton
    3:19 Katie Barton: State is walking through Christopher Collings’ timeline after the Ford’s death.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 3:19 Katie Barton
    3:19 Katie Barton: State: the defendant met with Trevor Williams. tells him they bout a goat, drank Smirnoff ice, smoked toot. They left, and he stayed home because he had important business the next day.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 3:19 Katie Barton
    3:17 Katie Barton: State: Rowan was in the bottom for a cold, wet hole.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 3:17 Katie Barton
    3:17 Katie Barton: State: you have heard law enforcement testimony about this.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 3:17 Katie Barton
    3:16 Katie Barton: State: the search began for Rowan Ford in November 4. She was broken, dead, lying in a hole.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 3:16 Katie Barton
    3:15 Katie Barton: State: you will recall that Rowan Ford went missing while Colleen was at work.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 3:15 Katie Barton
    3:15 Katie Barton: State: your memories rule. You saw everything right here.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 3:15 Katie Barton
    3:14 Katie Barton: State: you have heard the evidence, and your collective memories will be better than mine.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 3:14 Katie Barton
    3:14 Katie Barton: State: now is the time for this defendant to take responsibility.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 3:14 Katie Barton
    3:13 Katie Barton: State: you will have these instructions with you in the jury room. These instructions are your tools so you can finish doing your job.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 3:13 Katie Barton
    3:12 Katie Barton: State: we asked you to stand up and do your duty as a citizen, and you have.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 3:12 Katie Barton
    3:11 Katie Barton: The state has begun closing arguments.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 3:11 Katie Barton
    3:11 Katie Barton: Judge Scheffield: If the defendant was under the influence of drugs or alcohol, the jury must not let that influence their decision.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 3:11 Katie Barton
    3:10 Katie Barton: Judge Scheffield: If there is any shadow of doubt that the defendant killed Rowan Ford after clear and thoughtful deliberation then the jury must not find the defendant guilty of first degree murder.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 3:10 Katie Barton
    3:07 Katie Barton: Judge Scheffield: No inference can be made from the fact that the defendant did not testify.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 3:07 Katie Barton
    3:06 Katie Barton: Jury instructioning has begun.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 3:06 Katie Barton
    3:04 Katie Barton: The Judge has entered the courtroom.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 3:04 Katie Barton
    3:01 Katie Barton: The jury has entered the courtroom.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 3:01 Katie Barton
    2:57 Katie Barton: The judge has left the courtroom. We will begin again in about five minutes

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 2:57 Katie Barton
    2:56 Katie Barton: They will be kept separate from the jury during deliberation.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 2:56 Katie Barton
    2:55 Katie Barton: The judge has said the four jurors will be held.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 2:55 Katie Barton
    2:50 Katie Barton: Hold the alternates meaning the alternates will still be sequestered.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 2:50 Katie Barton
    2:49 Katie Barton: If an alternate is substituted in the penalty phase, the composition of the jury will change.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 2:49 Katie Barton
    2:49 Katie Barton: The defense objects.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 2:49 Katie Barton
    2:48 Katie Barton: If the alternates are held they will not be present during deliberation.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 2:48 Katie Barton
    2:47 Katie Barton: This has come up because the state has asked for the alternates to be held.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 2:47 Katie Barton
    2:46 Katie Barton: The judge has decided to hold the alternate jurors during deliberation. They will still be sequestered. She is asking if the defense has any objections.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 2:46 Katie Barton
    2:44 Katie Barton: The judge has entered the courtroom.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 2:44 Katie Barton
    12:33 Katie Barton: Each side has been allowed one hour for arguments.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 12:33 Katie Barton
    12:32 Katie Barton: Judge Scheffield: closing arguments are scheduled for 3 p.m.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 12:32 Katie Barton
    12:24 Katie Barton: The judge is reading the instructions off by number.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 12:24 Katie Barton
    12:22 Katie Barton: The jury is not in the courtroom. Neither is the defendant.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 12:22 Katie Barton
    12:22 Katie Barton: The judge and the attorneys are back in the courtroom going through the jury instructions both sides have submitted.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 12:22 Katie Barton
    10:32 Katie Barton: The judge is meeting with attorneys off the record for instructions. She has estimated it will be about two hours and then lunch before court is back on session.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 10:32 Katie Barton
    10:30 Katie Barton: The court has overruled a motion from the defense for acquittal after all evidence.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 10:30 Katie Barton
    10:29 Katie Barton: The jury has left the courtroom.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 10:29 Katie Barton
    10:28 Katie Barton: We are now in an extended recess.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 10:28 Katie Barton
    10:27 Katie Barton: The defense rests.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 10:27 Katie Barton
    10:27 Katie Barton: The jury has entered the courtroom. Court is back in session.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 10:27 Katie Barton
    10:24 Katie Barton: Christopher Collings is wearing a cream-colored collared shirt with a tie.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 10:24 Katie Barton
    10:04 Katie Barton: The judge has left the courtroom. Court will resume in about 15 minutes.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 10:04 Katie Barton
    10:02 Katie Barton: Defense will not produce evidence.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 10:02 Katie Barton
    10:01 Katie Barton: Collings is not going to testify.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 10:01 Katie Barton
    10:01 Katie Barton: The court has overruled the motion.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 10:01 Katie Barton
    10:00 Katie Barton: The jury has left the courtroom and attorneys are presenting any motions.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 10:00 Katie Barton
    9:59 Katie Barton: We are now in a short recess.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 9:59 Katie Barton
    9:59 Katie Barton: The state rests.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 9:59 Katie Barton
    9:59 Katie Barton: The witness has stepped down.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 9:59 Katie Barton
    9:58 Katie Barton: The state asked the witness to confirm that there were no contradictions between her official report and her testimony. There were none.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 9:58 Katie Barton
    9:57 Katie Barton: Korsberg-Lowe: the hairs are limited, so I cannot conclude that there is an association.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 9:57 Katie Barton
    9:56 Katie Barton: This was said in a qualifying statement on her report.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 9:56 Katie Barton
    9:55 Katie Barton: Korsberg-Lowe: the pubic region hairs were of limited value.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 9:55 Katie Barton
    9:54 Katie Barton: Korsberg-Lowe: the strongest conclusion possible is that they are consistent with each other.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 9:54 Katie Barton
    9:54 Katie Barton: Korsberg-Lowe: I can’t say that a hair came from one person to the exclusion of all others.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 9:54 Katie Barton
    9:53 Katie Barton: Korsberg-Lowe compared the hairs using a microscope that allowed her to compare the hairs side-by-side.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 9:53 Katie Barton
    9:51 Katie Barton: Korsberg-Lowe: Hairs from regions other than the head and pubic region are typically not compared; they are not useful.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 9:51 Katie Barton
    9:50 Katie Barton: So they were classified as pubic region hairs.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 9:50 Katie Barton
    9:49 Katie Barton: There were two hairs. They could not be identified as pubic hairs because they did not have all of the features expected.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 9:49 Katie Barton
    9:48 Katie Barton: These hairs came to Korsberg-Lowe from the autopsy of Rowan Ford.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 9:48 Katie Barton
    9:46 Katie Barton: Defense is now questioning the witness.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 9:46 Katie Barton
    9:45 Katie Barton: Were instead of we’re. Sorry.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 9:45 Katie Barton
    9:44 Katie Barton: Korsberg-Lowe: there were also head hair samples found that we’re microscopically consistent with the sample from Ford.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 9:44 Katie Barton
    9:43 Katie Barton: He madula is the center portion of the hair. Korsberg-Lowe is identifying it in the photos.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 9:43 Katie Barton
    9:43 Katie Barton: Another hair photo is visible on the screen.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 9:43 Katie Barton
    9:42 Katie Barton: Korsberg-Lowe is identifying the parts of the hair with a laser pointer.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 9:42 Katie Barton
    9:42 Katie Barton: The photos can be seen on the screen.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 9:42 Katie Barton
    9:41 Katie Barton: Korsberg-Lowe: the hairs were similar in color, diameter, and the center portion of the hair.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 9:41 Katie Barton
    9:40 Katie Barton: Some of the photos have been admitted.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 9:40 Katie Barton
    9:29 Katie Barton: Attorneys have now approached the bench.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 9:29 Katie Barton
    9:29 Katie Barton: State asked to admit photos of the hairs.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 9:29 Katie Barton
    9:28 Katie Barton: Plastic containers used to store the hairs have been admitted.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 9:28 Katie Barton
    9:27 Katie Barton: Korsberg-Lowe: the hairs were classified as caucasian.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 9:27 Katie Barton
    9:27 Katie Barton: Korsberg-Lowe: the pubic area hairs were of limited value.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 9:27 Katie Barton
    9:26 Katie Barton: Korsberg-Lowe: the pubic area hairs found were similar to the known samples from the defendant.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 9:26 Katie Barton
    9:24 Katie Barton: Korsberg-Lowe has identified the exhibit as cut or plucked pubic hair from the defendant.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 9:24 Katie Barton
    9:23 Katie Barton: Collings appears to be attentive to his surroundings today.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 9:23 Katie Barton
    9:20 Katie Barton: Attorneys have again approached the bench. Static over the speakers.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 9:20 Katie Barton
    9:19 Katie Barton: State asked if Korsberg-Lowe had compared the hairs found with the known samples. She had.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 9:19 Katie Barton
    9:18 Katie Barton: State has resumed their questions.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 9:18 Katie Barton
    9:17 Katie Barton: There is static over the speakers while the attorneys confer with the judge.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 9:17 Katie Barton
    9:14 Katie Barton: I will take this time to say that I am paraphrasing, not directly quoting.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 9:14 Katie Barton
    9:13 Katie Barton: Attorneys have approached the bench.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 9:13 Katie Barton
    9:12 Katie Barton: The photos show magnified portions of the hairs: root, shaft and further down

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 9:12 Katie Barton
    9:10 Katie Barton: Korsberg-Lowe is identifying photographs of the hairs taken on the laboratory.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 9:10 Katie Barton
    9:10 Katie Barton: Korsberg-Lowe: I also had hair samples from Christopher Collings and David Spears.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 9:10 Katie Barton
    9:09 Katie Barton: Korsberg-Lowe- the pubic area hairs were similar enough to say that they were from the same area, but they were not specifically pubic hairs.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 9:09 Katie Barton
    9:07 Katie Barton: Korsberg-Lowe- two socks, a left hand bag and a right hand bag. (meaning a paper bag the victim’s hands had been placed in)

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 9:07 Katie Barton
    9:06 Katie Barton: Korsberg-Lowe: before I had known samples the pubic area hairs were not identified as such.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 9:06 Katie Barton
    9:04 Katie Barton: Korsberg-Lowe: the packaging from the pubic area lift has been presented as an exhibit.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 9:04 Katie Barton
    9:03 Katie Barton: Korsberg-Lowe: there were hairs that were similar to Ford. There were two pubic-region hairs that were of limited value.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 9:03 Katie Barton
    9:03 Katie Barton: Korsberg-Lowe: lifts are examined using a microscope.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 9:03 Katie Barton
    9:02 Katie Barton: Korsberg-Lowe is identifying exhibits numbers as what they are. There has been debris and tape lifts from various areas of Ford’s body.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 9:02 Katie Barton
    9:01 Katie Barton: Korsberg-Lowe: no trace evidence was found on this exhibit.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 9:01 Katie Barton
    9:00 Katie Barton: Korsberg-Lowe- Ford’s shirt was grouped with items from the autopsy. It is my understanding it is from the autopsy.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 9:00 Katie Barton
    8:59 Katie Barton: Attorneys have approached the bench.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 8:59 Katie Barton
    8:58 Katie Barton: Korsberg-Lowe: if individuals are sharing an environment I would expect to find hairs and fibers. Typically in this situation trace evidence is not done.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 8:58 Katie Barton
    8:57 Katie Barton: Korsberg-Lowe: the hairs from the exhibit were not consistent with Ford’s.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 8:57 Katie Barton
    8:55 Katie Barton: Korsberg-Lowe: I was comparing known samples from Ford with hairs from the exhibit.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 8:55 Katie Barton
    8:55 Katie Barton: Korsberg-Lowe: the tape and initials on the bag are from my laboratory.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 8:55 Katie Barton
    8:54 Katie Barton: The exhibit is in a plastic bag, it is not clear at this time what is inside.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 8:54 Katie Barton
    8:54 Katie Barton: Korsbeg-Lowe also examined the exhibit she has just been presented.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 8:54 Katie Barton
    8:53 Katie Barton: Korsberg-Lowe: I examined items from the Chevrolet Suburban.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 8:53 Katie Barton
    8:52 Katie Barton: State is asking Korsberg-Lowe if she examined specific items.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 8:52 Katie Barton
    8:51 Katie Barton: Korsberg-Lowe: I was asked to examine hairs and fibers from this case.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 8:51 Katie Barton
    8:51 Katie Barton: Korsberg-Lowe- there can be slight differences, but with so many similarities I can’t out rule that person.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 8:51 Katie Barton
    8:49 Katie Barton: Korsberg-Lowe: I can’t say that one hair is from a certain person with absolute certain. I can determine that there are similarities and consistencies.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 8:49 Katie Barton
    8:47 Katie Barton: Korsberg-Lowe: hair and fibers are tested to see of there has any contact between people and objects.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 8:47 Katie Barton
    8:45 Katie Barton: Karen Korsberg-Lowe is a forensic examiner at the trace evidence unit of the FBI laboratory.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 8:45 Katie Barton
    8:44 Katie Barton: The state has just called their first witness of the morning.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 8:44 Katie Barton
    8:44 Katie Barton: Judge is confirming that the jury has not had any communication out of court regarding this case.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 8:44 Katie Barton
    8:43 Katie Barton: Court is now in session, the judge has entered the courtroom.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 8:43 Katie Barton
    8:42 Katie Barton: All rise for the jury.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 8:42 Katie Barton
    8:37 Katie Barton: The attorneys are all in the courtroom. We are waiting for the judge to arrive.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 8:37 Katie Barton
    8:27 Katie Barton: Rowan Ford’s mother arrived a few minutes ago. She is accompanied by two ladies this morning.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 8:27 Katie Barton
    8:16 Katie Barton: Good morning. This is Katie Barton live at the Phelps County Courthouse waiting for day eight if the Christopher Collings trial to begin.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 8:16 Katie Barton
    8:15 Brad Belote: Day 8 of the State of Missouri vs. Christopher Collings gets underway this morning.

  107. More on today here and links to a recap of previous days…

    http://ozarksfirst.com/fulltext?nxd_id=620012

  108. Vicky says:

    Thanks Snoopy. I really don’t think it will take the jury a long time to reach a verdict. The prosecution kept it pretty simple. And if you ask me, it is pretty cut and dry. And, I am noy buying the defenses theory of 2nd degree murder. I don’t think the jury will either, and I don’t think they will take the chance that the POS will ever walk the streets again to be overcome by his uncontrollable urge.

  109. Vicky~~ the closing argument by the defense was making my blood boil. I found it to be cold and callous with no respect for a little girl who was so brutally raped and then strangled. She was already bleeding to death from the rape. There is a 2 hr time difference between here and Missouri. I wonder how long they will deliberate tonight or will they go home and resume in the morning?

  110. Vicky says:

    I don’t know how long they will deliberate either. If I were them, I’d go as late as the judge would allow. It’s not like they have anything better to do, and us folks in this part of the country aren’t as high maintenance as them there Florida jurors.
    Granted, if KU was playing tonight there are probably a few on that jury who would want to cut out early. :)

    I agree with you on the defense closing. It was pretty darn offensive. Pity her client, but don’t pity the poor child that he brutally raped and murdered. I liked the prosecutor’s comeback. And completely agree. Rowan was dead the moment she was taken from her home.

    One thing I do worry about. That Spears might get away with his role in this crime. I never did get a clear sense of whose DNA was found in Rowan’s body.

  111. Vicky says:

    The jury has requested to view an hour long video and have asked for pizza to be delivered. Sounds like they plan to make an evening of it.

  112. Vicky says:

    I assume it is his confession. The few seconds of it I have seen, made me want to smack him..to sat the least. There were times when he was actually laughing.

  113. Vicky ~~this is why I wondered if Collings is mentally challenged. What little bit I could see of him in court, he just seemed strange. I think I referred to him previously as a goon. We may even hear a verdict tonight.

  114. Vicky says:

    Actually Snoopy, I think he was high when he confessed.
    Did you notice how much weight Rowan’s mother has gained and how much she has aged. It seems obvious that she is consumed with guilt and anger. I can’t imagine what she must be feeling right now.

  115. Vicky~~I would never have recognized Colleen if they hadn’t of said who it was. I wonder about her mental faculties as well. Why do some women need a man in their life? There had to be something better out there than a 25 year old lazy, rotten, shiftless, no good, grossly obese, stupid…shall I go on? I heard Spears’ trial is due in October and I read it comes up in August. He took the fifth at Collings trial. Surely to God, he wont beat this rap. He confessed too. Spears borrowed his mother’s car to dispose of Rowan’s body. There was no blood found in Collings truck??? I could be wrong here.

    A 15 yr old girl missing in CA since Friday. She never made it to her bus stop. They found her cell phone about a mile from her house in a grassy field… this is being discussed on Nancy Grace.

  116. Vicky says:

    The world is becoming a scary place, Snoopy. I heard mention of the missing teen at lunch today. It sounds like she didn’t even make it past the end of her driveway.
    It is so sad that parents can’t even assume their child can go to the bus stop without them. I wish I knew the answer. I hope Jo doesn’t hear about this. She just started letting her oldest take the bus to and from school. He has to walk to the end of the block to get Picked up. He would have a cow if she started walking him there. LOL

  117. Vicky says:

    The jury is still deliberating.
    It is very clear to me why Collings didn’t want to admit that spears was part of the rape murder. If he admits spears was there, his claim of 2nd degree murder would go straight down the tubes. I was surprised the defense wanted to call him. Who knows what the Spears defense team will come up with. Perhaps coerced confession?

  118. Vicky ~~I have a window open to my blog mail and have been watching for your comment to come in telling me that the jury reached a verdict. Every comment posted in here comes into my mail. Just so you know… I get all excited…when your name appears…lol

  119. Vicky says:

    LOL Snoopy. I sent a question asking how late the judge will allow the jury to deliberate, but got no response. I doubt we will hear the verdict tonight. I suppose it is a serious decision, so it is best that they spend a lot of time in discussion when someone’s life is at stake. Even if he is an admitted child rapist/murderer.

  120. Vicky says:

    The jury has reached a verdict!

  121. Vicky says:

    YES! Guilty of murder in the first degree!

  122. Vicky says:

    I told you it wouldn’t take more than four hours. LOL

  123. Vicky says:

    Folks from my neck of the woods have a lot of common sense! Platte County should be proud. I know I am thrilled that there were no slackers on that jury. Dude said he did it, and he killed her so she couldn’t tell. Can’t get more premeditated than that. A few more days, and I can get the scoop on what it was like to be on that jury.

  124. Vicky says:

    Penalty phase begins tomorrow morning at 9:30.
    Rowan and her family have found justice! Let’s hope the jury selected for Spears is as wise as this one.

  125. 9:22 Katie Barton: This is Katie Barton live from the Phelps County Courthouse. Thank you for staying with us tonight. We will return tomorrow around 9:30 a.m.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 9:22 Katie Barton
    9:17 Katie Barton: Tomorrow we will return for the penalty phase of the trial.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 9:17 Katie Barton
    9:17 Katie Barton: The jury has left the courtroom.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 9:17 Katie Barton
    9:16 Katie Barton: Attorneys are at the bench. Collings sits motionless. Several jurors are patting at tears in their eyes with tissues.

    Tuesday March 20, 2012 9:16 Katie Barton
    9:12 Katie Barton: Christopher Collings has been found guilty of murder in the first degree.

  126. Vicky~~thanks for hanging in here with me on this one. I guess that verdict says that I will have to keep blogging huh? Now I want him to get the death sentence too. It will be interesting to hear what your FRIEND has to tell us!!

  127. Vicky says:

    I had faith in the outcome of this case after I read the details. Had there been any other verdict, I think I would have totally lost faith in our system of justice. Im still not totally in favor of the DP, but if there was ever a case that cried out for it, this would be one.
    What I do know is that I hope the SOB is completely terrified right now. I hope he spends the rest of his miserable life shaking in his boots as he awaits whatever the fates have in store for him. I also hope Spears pissed his pants when he heard the verdict.

  128. I believe what the bible says…. in short…kill them, thereby putting EVIL away from you.
    In other words if they are allowed to live, the evil will just keep going on and on.
    They will infect the younger prisoners, or other people in their own neighborhoods, with their evil and when that younger person grows up, or that younger prisoner gets out….he will do the same thing to some other child.
    You’d think by now that the system would catch on, but the system is made up of people who are educated in colleges, and have been brought up in a life of privelege, they never see life at the bottom, where these degenerates live and infect others with their diseased minds.
    There is no such thing as “rehabilitation” that is a pipe dream thought up by some degenerate in the past who was well educated and probably never got caught.
    I think a case like this should call for a mandatory death sentence upon conviction.
    No waiting for execution, and no appeals, no stalling for time, until they are collecting Social Security.
    God would be the last one to have mercy on a person like these two guys.
    He forgives those who have a “broken and contrite spirit.”
    These two monsters do not convey that in my opinion.
    They will certainly receive HIS justice, judgement and vengeance.

  129. Leslie says:

    This is a local story for me. I saw it all from the very beginning. So very heartbreaking that this little girl was let down by everyone. I saw the video of her mother during the penalty phase after he was convicted of capital murder. Colleen looks horrible. I do believe the guilt is eating her alive. I can’t help but feel bad for her. However I hope parents learn you must be careful who you allow around your children. I do not believe there were not warning signs, the fact she was never home and arrived at places hours early is evidence of that. Some women are just so desperate for a man it becomes easy to blow off warnings. You cant, you just cant. How very sad and heartbreaking.

  130. Leslie says:

    Oh and the jury found him guilty of capital murder in less then 4 hours and when they went back for penalty they voted for death in less then an hour. I just wish they would accidentally leave him in general population. Even prisoners have a code, you don’t rape, torture and murder babies.

  131. Heartbroken for Rowan says:

    I used to live in Stella and my child was a schoolmate of Rowan’s so this tragedy continues to haunt me. A note on her mother (Colleen)…The following March (less 4 mths later), I was attending a birthday party at a bar in Joplin and I saw Colleen making out with a man I would safely say was in his early 20′s. I know that people become inebriated and sometimes have lapses in judgement when it comes to public displays of affection but my God, what kind of parent would be out socializing 4 months after your child is brutally raped and murdered? It sickened me. In my opinion, she may not have committed any crime but she failed her child.

  132. Karen C. says:

    Heartbroken, from everything I’ve read about this case that woman is a miserable drunk (I’d ’bout bet $ on that), which explains a whole lot of what happened to her daughter. Pedo pervs find messed-up females with kids who will work all the time like slaves, so THEY can sit around, get high and drunk all day on the couch, and then mess with whatever potential child victim is around at the time. I’m guessing the only reason she wasn’t charged with neglect (the lice! Please!!!) is because they needed her testimony (Grieving Mother blah blah blah). She’ll be back in the news again eventually, and not in a good way…

  133. brandon holder says:

    u all don’t know me but, In my opinion what ever happens to them IS still WAY to good for them and I hope they go through 20 times the $hit she went throught, then they can burn in hell. I hope with all my heart that her family and friends can and will find peace someday.

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