Missouri officials call for new investigations in Maryville case

Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder and House Speaker Tim Jones have urged new investigations in a sexual-assault case that has embroiled the town of Maryville, Mo., and gained international attention. The prosecutor who dropped charges in the case has reiterated that the victim’s family was uncooperative and evidence was lacking, statements that the family refutes.

Excerpts of secret recording in Maryville case

Melinda Coleman on Thursday provided five excerpts from what she said was a secret recording of a May 2012 conversation with Nodaway County Prosecutor Robert L. Rice. Here is a partial transcript. The first excerpt, which was merely a preliminary conversation with a secretary or assistant, is not included.

Anger over Maryville case boils on Internet

The mother of a teenage Albany, Mo., girl said Monday she hoped the fresh attention given a dismissed Maryville, Mo., sexual abuse case would prompt local authorities to take another look at it. The Coleman family appeared on CNN to repeat that they believe justice was not served in the 2012 sexual abuse case.

Prosecutor clears way for new charges in Maryville sex assault case

Nodaway County Prosecutor Robert Rice said Wednesday that he’s asked a judge to appoint a special prosecutor who can determine whether any charges will be filed in connection with an alleged sexual assault in the county in 2012. Rice made the statement Wednesday afternoon in Maryville, Mo., at a heavily attended news conference.

Fear and frustration engulf Maryville

In this close-knit town of 12,000 some 90 minutes north of Kansas City, there were few who weren’t already painfully aware of the murky particulars of a case that had divided the city. Residents say that not only do they once again feel whipsawed by claims and counterclaims but also by another emotion: Fear.

Jackson County prosecutor takes Maryville case; rally planned Tuesday

Associate Judge Glen Dietrich has chosen Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker as the special prosecutor in the case of an alleged sexual assault in 2012 in Maryville, Mo. Nodaway County Prosecutor Robert Rice asked Dietrich to appoint a special prosecutor last Wednesday, after a story on the case in The Kansas City Star prompted an international outcry.