KODE reported during its 10 p.m newscast that Colleen Spears, 44, Stella, the mother of nine-year-old murder victim Rowan Ford, has filed for divorce in Newton County Circuit Court.
Her husband, David W. Spears, 25, is charged with first degree murder, forcible rape, and statutory rape, in connection with his stepdaughter's Nov. 2 death.
Court records indicate Mrs. Spears filed for divorce Tuesday. A 3 p.m. Jan. 14 conference has been scheduled.
An article was posted earlier today on the Joplin Globe website