Here’s some good news, or potentially good news, for those of us who have been infuriated by the details surrounding the rape cases of Daisy Coleman and Paige Parkhurst – Nodaway County Prosecuting Attorney Robert L. Rice held a press conference yesterday announcing he has asked for a special prosecutor to be appointed to the case that may result in new charges being filed. He claims he decided to do this after witnesses in the case said they would cooperate in the investigation. This may come as news to Melinda Coleman, the mom of one of the victims, who previously stated to CNN that she was cooperative:
“I told them everything,” she told CNN on Tuesday. “That’s absolutely not true, and it still kind of shocks me that they’re lying about it.”
Coleman says that in late May 2012, she and her daughter did decline to participate in a deposition, but only after the two felony charges — sexual assault and sexual exploitation of a minor — were dropped on March 13, 2012.
The following day, however, after discussing it with Daisy, she said she returned to Rice’s office, declining to sign a form backing up her previous day’s statement and telling Rice she wished to participate in a deposition for the remaining misdemeanor charge.
In late July, she says, she and Daisy met with Rice, Sundell and a court reporter to go over the events surrounding Daisy’s being left in freezing temperatures in the early morning hours of Jan. 8. During that meeting, Coleman says, Rice yelled at her and demanded to know where she’d heard that political favors had been called in. Rice has denied ever raising his voice during that deposition.
“I feel like that’s just so great,” she told The Star after Rice’s announcement. “Because at least we’re getting a fair shot. At least our story’s getting heard and not just swept under the rug.”
she freely admitted that her daughter does not always tell the truth, particularly when she is in a stressful situation.
This statement was met with this comment: