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Maryville Case 

October 21, 2013

Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker today released the following statement:

I was informed late this morning by the Circuit Court in Nodaway County, Mo., that my office was being named as special prosecutor in the Maryville, Mo., case. I immediately gathered a team of prosecutors, victims’ advocates and investigators to begin our own process to review this matter.

 
Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker conducts a news conference regarding Maryville, Mo. case.  
   
We are today obtaining files from authorities in Maryville. And we will begin our review of the evidence in this case as soon as all those documents are in house here.

I would like to say that I am honored that our office can be of service to the citizens of Nodaway County, just as I am sure they would for Jackson County. My office has prosecuted many similar cases. And we understand that this case has raised numerous and varied concerns in northwest Missouri.

But, as I directed my staff earlier today, we will go about our review of this case as we go about any case. It will be a thorough review without fear or favor. Until we delve into the particulars, we will have no idea how long it will take to complete that review. And we have no idea what the result will be.

I will be involved in directing this review. But a number of highly experienced prosecutors, investigators and others will also take part. Finally, I do wish to beg for the community and the media’s indulgence. This process must, for now, be a very internal one. My office will not be commenting about the case as we undertake our review. I also ask that you respect the privacy of the witnesses and victims in this case.

I will be unable at this time to answer any questions. 

   
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