Prosecutor Responds to Outrage over Maryville Investigation

Prosecutor Responds to Outrage over Maryville Investigation

The Nodaway County prosecutor is speaking out about the 2012 investigation that is stirring up outrage across the nation. Robert Rice released a statement Tuesday regarding the story published in the Kansas City Star.
(MARYVILLE, Mo.) The Nodaway County prosecutor is speaking out about the 2012 investigation that is stirring up outrage across the nation.

Robert Rice released a statement Tuesday regarding the story published in the Kansas City Star.

He said the article did not "include all the facts as to what transpired" in the case involving three Maryville teenaged boys and two girls, ages 13 and 14 at the time.

Two of the boys were accused of having sex with the girls at a late night party while the third teen captured it on video. The 14-year-old, Daisy Coleman, was left outside her home in the freezing cold, where she was found by her mother three hours later.

Nodaway County Sheriff Darren White said the boys confessed to what happened. They were arrested and charged in 2012, but the charges were later dropped.

Rice said in his statement that "the State's witnesses refused to cooperate and invoked their 5th Amendment privilege to not testify."

White backed that statement in an interview with KQ2 on Monday, saying the Coleman family became uncooperative.

The Kansas City Star's article examined the connection between the suspects and their prominent family connections in the community. One of the teens is the grandson of former state representative.

The Coleman family told CNN they felt like they were forced to leave Maryville due to the fallout from the case.

Since the story was published on Sunday, numerous online groups have taken up the Coleman's family's calls for justice. The groups have ignited a firestorm on social media and calls for local authorities to reopen the case.

The City of Maryville said they have been flooded with calls both locally and from outside the area.

Rice says that personal attacks that have been made against him are "malicious" and "wrong."

He added that his office is prohibited from commenting on the facts of a closed case.

The Coleman family has gone public with Daisy's identity to share their frustration with case.

A group has planned a gathering outside the Nodaway County Courthouse on Oct. 22 to show support for Daisy.
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