Special prosecutor in Maryville rape case will investigate “without favor and without fear”

"I can also assure you that politics, connections" will not play a role in the review, said Jean Peters Baker

Topics: maryville rape case, Daisy Coleman, melinda coleman, Matthew Barnett, Sexual assault, Rape, Anonymous, ,

Special prosecutor in Maryville rape case will investigate "without favor and without fear"Melinda and Daisy Colemen (Credit: CNN)

A special prosecutor appointed to investigate allegations in the Maryville, Mo., rape case said she will conduct a thorough review of the case “without fear and without favor.”

“I know that this case has raised a variety of concerns in northwest Missouri, so please know this: This case will be thoroughly reviewed,” Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker said in a statement.

“I will be directly involved in the review,” she continued. “I can also assure you that politics, connections, or any other reason you can think of, will not play a role in our review of this case. It will be the evidence, as it is in every case that we review.”

When asked what she and her daughter hoped would come from the investigation, Melinda Coleman said she wanted her daughter Daisy’s case examined “fairly, and with some enthusiasm.”

During the original investigation into the alleged rape, felony sexual assault charges against Daisy’s alleged rapist, Matthew Barnett, were abruptly dropped.

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“We were disappointed that they didn’t really do the job. They didn’t really collect the evidence, and they didn’t seem to care from the beginning,” Melinda told CNN during a Monday interview. “Anything above that would just be extra.”

Anonymous has planned a Tuesday rally at the Nodaway County courthouse in support of Daisy, who told CNN that while she does not plan to attend the rally, she is thankful for the support.

“We were pondering [attending the rally], but it sounds almost as if it wouldn’t be safe for us to go just because of all the people in Maryville being very angry with the case right now. But we are thinking about it, and we are very thankful for all the people attending,” Daisy said.

Katie McDonough is Salon's politics writer, focusing on gender, sexuality and reproductive justice. Follow her on Twitter @kmcdonovgh or email her at kmcdonough@salon.com.

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