Murder trial jury selection process is going slowly

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Jury selection in the murder trial of Christopher Collings, the man accused of raping and murdering 9-year-old Rowan Ford in November of 2007, is taking longer than expected.

According to court officials, the jury selection process entered its sixth day on Monday. The trial is expected to begin next Monday, March 12.

The jury in the Collings' case is being selected in Platte County. Once the jury is seated, jurors will be bused to the Phelps County Courthouse in Rolla where the trial will take place on a change of venue from Barry County.

Christopher Collings faces the death penalty on charges of first degree murder, forcible rape and statutory rape in connection with Ford's death.

Collings and David Spears, Ford's stepfather, are accused of sexually assaulting and raping Ford in Collings' trailer house in Wheaton and then murdering her on Nov. 2, 2007. Ford's body was found in a sinkhole in McDonald County a week after her mother and Spears reported her missing. Both Spears and Collings have confessed to the crime.

Barry County Prosecutor Johnnie Cox is seeking the death penalty against both Collings and Spears.

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