Mo. stepfather invokes Fifth in friend's trial
Monday, March 19, 2012
ROLLA, Mo. (AP) — A man charged with killing his 9-year-old stepdaughter has invoked his right not to incriminate himself during the trial of another man charged in the girl's death.
The defense for 37-year-old Christopher Collings called 29-year-old David Spears to the stand Saturday to testify. Both men are charged with raping and murdering Spears' 9-year-old stepdaughter, Rowan Ford, of Stella, in November 2007.
The Joplin Globe (http://bit.ly/wV8zNW) reported that after Spears invoked the Fifth Amendment, Collings' defense obtained a finding from the judge that Spears had made himself unavailable as a witness.
The trial will continue Monday in Phelps County, where the case was being heard on a change of venue from Barry County. The jurors were chosen in Platte County and are being sequestered.
Spears is scheduled to be tried separately.
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