Charges Could Come in Maryville Case
There could be new charges coming in the alleged rape of Maryville teen Daisy Coleman, the county prosecutor said on Thursday, after the case drew international attention—and the ire of the hacking collective Anonymous. Prosecuting attorney Robert L. Rice, who had initially dropped the charges against Matthew Barnett, said he had asked a judge appoint a special prosecutor to the case. Rice insisted that Daisy and her mother, Melinda Coleman, had invoked their Fifth Amendment right not to testify, and had not told him they changed their minds. Melinda Coleman said nobody had told her the reason why the case had been dropped, although some had suspected it was for political reasons, since the accused is the grandson of a Missouri state representative.