Nodaway Co. prosecutor asks court for special prosecuting attorney to review Maryville rape case

NODAWAY COUNTY, Mo. - Nodaway County Prosecutor Robert Rice asked the court to appoint a special attorney to review the Maryville sexual assault case on Wednesday afternoon.

"Until that interview [on CNN Monday night], those witnesses never contacted me to say they changed their minds to testify in court," Rice said.

He said he doesn't know how long it will take for the case to be handed over to the special prosecutor to review.

READ MORE | Nodaway County Prosecuting Attorney press release: http://bit.ly/1aqhPui

Melinda Coleman told 41 Action News on Monday that she believes charges against a 17-year-old Maryville football player were dropped for political reasons after the boy had sex with her 14-year-old daughter at an alcohol-fueled party in 2012.

Melinda told NBC she's thinks this is great news and defended her daughter saying the questioning confused her.

"They tortured us," she said. "She answered every question, and if there was the smallest thing off, they'd say she was lying. My daughter is not a liar."

In a news conference on Wednesday, following a statement from Prosecutor Rice, McDanel said he supports the choice to reopen the case, saying it will allow them to find some resolution for all parties involved.

Maryville City Manager Greg McDanel said the city has had to increase patrols after threats were made toward the city and its residents.

"This was an unfortunate incident that has cast a shadow over the community," McDanel said.

READ MORE | City of Maryville Press Release: http://bit.ly/16OX7qv

Since the story took center stage in the media earlier this week, the case has launched an online fire storm. So much so that the city of Maryville has become the most recent target of hacking group Anonymous.

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