'Daisy's Case' in Maryville to Be Reopened
County prosecutor calls for special prosecutor
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 17, 2013 4:24 PM CDT
This photo taken on Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013 shows the house in Maryville, Missouri that was burned while Melinda Coleman was trying to sell it.   (AP Photo/Carrie Antlfinger)

(Newser) – All the attention worked: The Nodaway County prosecutor has asked for "Daisy's case," which centers around the alleged rapes of two teens in Maryville, Missouri, to be reopened. Robert Rice had initially dropped the charges against the suspects, but now he's asked a judge to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the case. Until Daisy Coleman went on CNN saying she would testify, "the witnesses never told me that they were willing to cooperate and testify," Rice tells KCTV. "They understood that when they at that time invoked their 5th Amendment right, that by doing so was going to force the dismissal of the case, they understood that." (The families have denied this claim.)

After reviewing the evidence, the special prosecutor will decide whether to bring new charges, the Atlantic Wire reports. Coleman tells KSHB she's "more than excited" at the news. Says her mom, "Just to have people listen and look at it with an objective eye is huge for us because we haven’t had that until this point." The second victim in the case has also come forward with her story.

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Oct 17, 2013 10:42 PM CDT
After recent events of false accusations in Ohio it is hard to take any 'drunk rape' story seriously. I'm not sure if it is bias that drives these 'reporters' or pure greed and group-think but there does not seem to be any real investigative journalism. It seems to be sensationalism, click baits and exploitation of societal gynocentrism.
Oct 17, 2013 10:20 PM CDT
These girls are obviously brilliant criminal lawyers and are savvy to all the workings of the justice system. They set out to entrap this innocent boy so they could bet and win on upcoming football games when he could't play. Brilliant plan. After all it's Missouri. (Which is right next to Florida when it comes to decency.)
Oct 17, 2013 7:12 PM CDT
Why would the girls need to invoke their 5th amendment right while being questioned? Did the prosecutor threaten them with charges stemming from their sneaking out and drinking?