A Jan. 22 arraignment is scheduled in Barry County Circuit Court for Chris Collings, 32, Wheaton, one of two men charged with the brutal rape and murder of Rowan Ford, 9, Stella.
During a hearing today, Collings waived his preliminary hearing and was bound over for trial. His new attorney, Monett public defender Clate Baker, represented Collings at the hearing.
Collings is being held without bond in the Barry County Jail. He faces counts of first degree murder, forcible rape, and statutory rape. Authorities contend Collings and Rowan Ford's stepfather, David W. Spears, raped and killed the nine-year-old on Nov. 2.