Spears’ defense attorney, public defender Cynthia Dryden, recently filed objections to one of the aggravating circumstances that Barry County Prosecutor Johnnie Cox cited in his intent to seek the death penalty.
Dryden, according to online court records, argued that the circumstance of “wantonly vile, horrible or inhuman” is unconstitutionally vague.
Sunday, August 02, 2009
Details given on attempt to toss out death penalty for accused Rowan Ford killer
Today's Joplin Globe features details on a public defender's attempt to have the death penalty taken off the table for her client, David Wesley Spears, one of two men charged with the Nov. 2, 2007 rape and murder of nine-year-old Rowan ford of Stella. Spears was Rowan Ford's stepfather: