ROLLA, Mo. - Members of Christopher Collings' family testified Thursday morning as part of a list of people the defense planned to call as part of the penalty phase in Collings' murder trial.
Having been convicted of first-degree murder in the Nov. 2007 death of Rowan Ford by a Platte County jury Tuesday evening, Collings sat and even showed emotion as people ranging from his brother to his biological father testified.
Before the family testified, David Spears' mother briefly took the stand to say she loaned her Chevrolet Suburban to her son the night Rowan disappeared, from midnight until roughly 7 a.m. Spears was wearing jeans, a jacket and no coat, his mother said; she said it wasn't unusual although it was November.
The defense also interviewed a certified canine search and rescue member. Alicia Brown's two trained dogs had two hits for the scent of human remains in the front seat of Spears' Suburban, as well as the back cargo area. Prosecutors questioned the science of canine searches for human remains.