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Oct. 17, 2013Nodaway County, MO |  By: Coffey

Rice files Motion for Special Prosecutor

Nodaway County Prosecuting Attorney Robert Rice announced at a news conference yesterday afternoon his intentions to filed a motion appointing a special prosecuting attorney to conduct an independent review of a 2012 sexual assault case.

The case has received worldwide attention following the publication of a news story concerning the incident in Sunday's Kansas City Star. Rice says his decision came after new statements from the victim and her family.

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Two teenaged girls...both minors were allegedly sexually assaulted during a party and then left in the front yard of one of the girl's home who has since been identified as Daisey Coleman, who was 14 at the time of the incident. Two person's, both 17 at that time... Matthew Bradley Barnett, who lived at the house where the incident is said to have occurred and Jordan James Zech were arrested. Barnett was charged with sexual assault and Zech with exploiting a minor. The motion for a special prosecutor will be filed in Nodaway County Associate Circuit Court. Following Rice's announcement...Maryville city officials held a news conference where City Manager Greg McDanel voiced the city's support for asking a special prosecutor to determine the need to re-file charges.

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McDanel added Maryville Public Safety patrols have been increased due to the large amount threats directed at the city through a massive email campaign.