St. Louis Prosecutor Jennifer Joyce Declines Role in Maryville Rape Case

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – St. Louis Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce says she was asked if she would consider being the special prosecutor in a reopened rape case in Maryville, Missouri.

Joyce said Thursday on the Charles Brennan Show that she wanted to do it but her office doesn’t have the resources.

“It’s an extremely long drive to Maryville and I really can’t justify sending one of my prosecutors over there for extended periods of time when we have to try the caseloads here in the city,” she said.

Nodaway County prosecutor Robert Rice is asking a judge to appoint a special prosecutor in the case he initially dropped, claiming the 14-year-old victim and other witnesses refused to cooperate.

“Had the resources been there I certainly would have been willing because I think it’s important that the public is kept confident in the process, in the criminal justice system, and the prosecutor involved,” Joyce added.

Joyce cautions that just because a different prosecutor will study the case doesn’t mean he or she will come to a different conclusion.

The case of Daisy Coleman has received national attention after a seven-month investigation by the Kansas City Star was published over the weekend.

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