What's going on in the Barry County Jail?
Documents filed in Phelps County Circuit Court April 14 indicate that public defender Cynthia Ann Dryden is asking that her client, David Wesley Spears, Stella, be separated from Chris Collings, his alleged partner in crime in the November 2007 rape and murder of Spears' stepdaughter, nine-year-old Rowan Ford.
Spears is scheduled to go to trial July 10, 2010, in Phelps County, where the case is being heard on a change of venue from Barry County.
The motion also asks that the court "prevent the creation of false snitch evidence," which would indicate the two buddies, both of whom admitted the crime, according to authorities, may have turned against each other.
An additional motion asserts that Spears will exercise his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.
Previous Turner Report posts about the murder of the Triway Elementary School fourth grader can be found at this link.