Missouri lawmakers respond to Maryville sexual assault case

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - The Maryville, Mo., sexual assault case has taken the internet by storm, including two hasthtags on Twitter, including #JusticeForDaisy.

On Tuesday afternoon, Missouri Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder tweeted out a statement regarding the investigation.

In the statement, Kinder calls on the state's attorney general and Nodaway County prosecutor to revisit the case.

"I hope that responsible officials will join me in this call for a grand jury to make the final call on whether criminal charges should or should not be filed," Kinder said in the statement.

He worries the case could taint the reputation of the State of Missouri.

The full statement reads:

Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder today released the following statement urging Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster and the Nodaway County Prosecuting Attorney Robert Rice revisit a controversial alleged rape case in Nodaway County.

"Since Sunday I have read with growing dismay the media accounts of the Daisy Coleman case in Nodaway County. I make no claim to knowledge of all the facts. Still, facts revealed in exhaustive media reports, including the 4,000-word piece in the Kansas City Star, raise all kinds of questions that it is now clear won't be put to rest.

These questions will fester and taint the reputation of our state for delivering impartial justice to all.

"I am disappointed that the Attorney General would wash his hands of the matter through a brief statement by a spokesman. The appalling facts in the public record shock the conscience and cry out that responsible authorities must take another look. I call on Attorney General Koster and Prosecutor Rice to join me in asking that the Circuit Court convene a grand jury to review all the evidence, hear all witnesses, and issue a decision as to whether charges should ensue.

"I hope that responsible officials will join me in this call for a grand jury to make the final call on whether criminal charges should or should not be filed."

House Speaker Tim Jones also issued a statement asking Koster to launch a thorough investigation of the case.

"As one of many who has now learned the details of this shocking story, I reacted with disbelief at what appears to be an absence of justice in the Daisy Coleman case," Jones said in the statement.

His full statements reads:

House Speaker Tim Jones today released the following statement calling on Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster to investigate the case of Daisy Coleman:

"As one of many who has now learned the details of this shocking story, I reacted with disbelief at what appears to be an absence of justice in the Daisy Coleman case. My heart goes out to Daisy and her family for all they have endured," said Jones, R-Eureka. "While our attorney general has already stated he has no authority to intervene in this matter, I firmly believe he is empowered to do so under state statute 27.060. I am calling on him to utilize his authority to intervene in this matter so that we can be confident that justice is served."

Jones added, "The people of Missouri deserve elected officials who will seek to uphold the laws of our state when it appears injustice has prevailed, and I sincerely hope Attorney General Koster will do all he can to stand in defense of those who have been victimized by crimes."

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