Thomas Jacquinot, a public defender from Kansas City who specializes in death penalty cases, signed on as the attorney today for Chris Collings, one of two men charged with the murder of nine-year-old Rowan Ford of Stella.
Also listed on the defense team are public defenders Susan Elliott and Jeff Stephens.
Jacquinot filed a motion asking that a pre-trial hearing set for July 22 be delayed. Jacquinot is scheduled to serve as the lawyer for Richard Davis, who is charged with killing two Independence area women in 2006.
Collings and Rowan Ford's stepfather, David Wesley Spears, are charged with first degree murder and forcible rape. Spears is represented by Cynthia Dryden, a public defender from St. Louis, who is also a specialist in death penalty cases.