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Maryville: City Under Siege

Residents defend town at center of controversial rape case.
(KSHB)  Unless a judge steps in or the Nodaway County Prosecuting Attorney asks the Missouri Attorney General for help, it looks like Daisy Coleman will not see her rape allegations prosecuted.

Those wishing for the the suspects to be prosecuted showed their support on social media, including Missouri Lt. Governor Peter Kinder.

On Tuesday, Kinder issued a statement calling 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.

Daisy Coleman told Prosecuting Attorney Robert Rice back in early 2012 she had been raped by a 17-year-old football player who had a politically-connected family.

The felony and misdemeanor charges were eventually dropped.

Coleman and her mother, Melinda, said it was because the accused teenaged boy's grandfather was formerly in law enforcement and spent several terms in the Missouri legislature.

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