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The mother of an ex-football player accused of raping a teen in a case that’s attracted international attention said her son is being “assassinated.”
Matthew Barnett, now 19, was charged in January 2012 in connection with the alleged rape of 14-year-old Daisy Coleman, but the prosecuting attorney later dropped felony charges against him and a 17-year-old friend, Jordan Zech, who was accused of recording the encounter on cell phone video.
Barnett’s parents told The Daily Mail their son had been harassed at the University of Missouri after the hacktivist group Anonymous had revealed his name and posted his photo online as it pressured local authorities to reopen the investigation.
“He’s having some major issues,” said Shirley Barnett, a teacher. “Is Matthew OK? How can you go through this and be OK? You can’t go through this experience and be OK. You can’t have your picture plastered all over the world news and be portrayed as something when you know in your heart what happened and be OK. How can anybody in our family be OK over this?”
Nodaway Prosecutor Robert Rice agreed Thursday to ask a judge to appoint a special prosecutor in the case after Missouri’s lieutenant governor and House Speaker got involved.
Rice defended his decision to drop the charges, saying Coleman and a 13-year-old friend who said she was raped by a 15-year-old boy declined to testify.
But Coleman’s mother said Rice pressured her daughter into invoking her Fifth Amendment rights not to testify.
Barnett’s mother said the media had chosen sides in the case after Coleman and her mother came forward to discuss it in a Kansas City Star report published Sunday.
“This whole thing is one-sided because that is the way they have chosen it to be,” Shirley Barnett said.
Coleman admits that she and a friend had been drinking the night of Jan. 8, 2012, before meeting up with Barnett, Zech and a juvenile, with whom they continued drinking until she blacked out.
And investigators said Barnett admitted to having sex with the girl, although he said the act was consensual.
Coleman was found the following morning partially clothed on the front lawn of her family’s home in freezing cold weather.
Rice said the cell phone video of the encounter was deleted and could not be retrieved by crime lab investigators, and he said the most serious charges were dropped because his office didn’t have enough evidence to convict without the girls’ testimony.
Shirley Barnett claimed there was information that would prove her son’s version of events, but she declined to be specific.
“The more you dig, you will get closer to the truth,” she said. “It is not on the surface, you’re going to have to dig for it, unfortunately, we can’t help with that because that is not our personality.”
Shirley Barnett said her son and others from Maryville had been threatened online and required protection.
“I am here to talk about the people of this town that have been threatened, that do not feel safe to come to their jobs, they don’t feel safe to go to school, there’s campuses across the state where students are having to be walked to class and having to be escorted because of their safety,” Shirley Barnett said. “That needs to stop. It’s not fair to those people. They have no relationship whatsoever to this case; they have no knowledge of the case, but because they’re from a small town, they’re being threatened, and that needs to stop.”
Coleman also claimed she was threatened after the boys were charged, and the harassment continued even after the felony charges were dropped.
Her mother said some girls started an online campaign urging the teen to take her own life.
Coleman’s family eventually moved from Maryville, and their house burned to the ground due to undetermined causes while they tried to sell it.
Watch this video interview with Shirley Barnett posted on The Herald Sun:
I’M DAISY COLEMAN, THE TEENAGER AT THE CENTER OF THE MARYVILLE RAPE MEDIA STORM, AND THIS IS WHAT REALLY HAPPENED
Winter: cold, bleak, bitter, ugly. Almost like summer has taken off its mask and shown its true colors. Everyone is forced to see how ugly life can truly be. Others get a season of beauty: summer.
My whole life since January 8, 2012, has been a long, reckless winter.
The night everything changed I was having an old friend over to catch up and have fun. Her name is Paige, and she is a year younger than I am. At the time, she was 13, and I was 14.
We had been best friends since we were both very young, and continued to be best friends, even though I had moved from Albany to Maryville. She was in the eighth grade, and I was in the midst of my freshman year.
Life, overall, was great.
I was on the varsity cheer squad, a competitive dance team and had a lot of friends.
Paige is my best friend. Watching scary movies was always our thing. So, that’s how we kicked off our night, along with alcoholic beverages. My mom didn’t know we were drinking, and I was not supposed to be.
That night I was texting with a boy that my older brother had warned me about, but I didn’t listen. Looking back, I wish I did.
It wasn’t until later that night that Matt, a popular senior boy, had asked to hang out. Of course, I knew my brothers wouldn’t allow this so, we had to sneak out. It was about one in the morning when my friend and I climbed out of my bedroom window. I was not interested in Matt romantically. I considered him my older brother’s friend. I trusted my older brother. I trusted Matt.
Matt picked us up in a black car and drove us to his house. He had to sneak us through a basement window.
There were bedrooms and a living room area in the basement. I sat on the couch and gathered familiar faces from the room. Four of Matt’s friends were there. Matt emerged from one of the bedrooms with a bottle of clear alcohol he wanted me to drink. This is when one of Matt’s friends suggested I drink from a tall shot glass, which they labeled the “bitch cup.”
About five shots tall, I drank it. I guess I didn’t know how badly it would mess me up. But the boys who gave it to me did.
Then it was like I fell into a dark abyss. No light anywhere. Just dark, dense silence — and cold. That’s all I could ever remember from that night. Apparently, I was there for not even an entire hour before they discarded me in the snow.
Waking up was a complete blur. I had to be carried into my mother’s bedroom, in complete and total confusion. I was freezing and sick and bruised, my hair in icy chunks weighted against me. When my mom gave me a bath, she saw that I was hurt down in my privates.
We all knew something wasn’t right. Something had gone wrong in the night.
My mother told me she found me outside, left for dead, and when she heard me trying to get to the door, she thought it was a dog scratching. I was weak and could have died in the below freezing temperatures.
Next thing I knew, I was in the ER getting blood drawn and having various tests done. We all knew what had happened, we just wanted someone else to say it for us. The doctors examined the rape kit and verified that our nightmares were real. This nightmare, though, didn’t end. It continued on for many long months. It was only later I learned that my best friend, a year younger than me, had been raped, too.
Days seemed to drag on as I watched my brother get bullied and my mom lose her job. Ultimately our house burned to the ground.
I couldn’t go out in public, let alone school.
I sat alone in my room, most days, pondering the worth of my life. I quit praying because if God were real, why would he do this?
I was suspended from the cheerleading squad and people told me that I was “asking for it” and would “get what was coming.”
Why would I even want to believe in a God? Why would a God even allow this to happen? I lost all faith in religion and humanity. I saw myself as ugly, inside and out. If I was this ugly on the inside, then why shouldn’t everyone see the ugly I saw?
I burned and carved the ugly I saw into my arms, wrists, legs and anywhere I could find room.
On Twitter and Facebook, I was called a skank and a liar and people encouraged me to kill myself. Twice, I did try to take my own life.
When I went to a dance competition I saw a girl there who was wearing a T-shirt she made. It read: “Matt 1, Daisy 0.”
Matt’s family was very powerful in the state of Missouri and he was also a very popular football player in my town, but I still couldn’t believe it when I was told the charges were dropped. Everyone had told us how strong the case was — including a cell phone video of the rape which showed me incoherent.
All records have been sealed in the case, and I was told the video wasn’t found. My brother told me it was passed around school.
My scars only come to the surface when I’m tan or cold now. It’s as if over time my body learned to heal some of the ugly, but it will always be a part of me.
Just like this case. It will live with me forever.
Since this happened, I’ve been in hospitals too many times to count. I’ve found it impossible to love at times. I’ve gained and lost friends. I no longer dance or compete in pageants. I’m different now, and I can’t ever go back to the person I once was. That one night took it all away from me. I’m nothing more than just human, but I also refuse to be a victim of cruelty any longer.
This is why I am saying my name. This is why I am not shutting up. Matt put on Twitter something recently. It read: “If her name begins with A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z, she wants the D.”
Since Anonymous has gotten involved, everything has changed. #justice4Daisy has trended on the Internet, and pressure has come down hard on the authorities who thought they could hide what really happened.
I not only survived, I didn’t give up. I’ve been told that a special prosecutor is going to reopen the case now. This is a victory, not just for me, but for every girl.
I just hope more men will take a lesson from my brothers.
They look out for women. They don’t prey on them.
A Facebook page called Justice For Daisy Coleman is spreading misinformation about Daisy’s rape.
This is what was in the “about me” portion of the page:
I personally have never heard Daisy say she was drugged. The only thing close was “she drank a clear liquid.” Alcohol (Bacardi) was recovered from the Barnett residence.
She made it clear to her knowledge she was not drugged.
This was brought up to the admins of the page and they did take the “drugged” portion out.
This was part of the Kansas City Star article:
Please disregard misinformation going around. If it’s not confirmed with science or the words of Daisy, her mom, Paige, or her mom it’s misinformation.
We don’t need all the rumors stated to be taken as facts.
Please follow @justice4daisy or @opmaryville for current and correct information. None of the actual facebook pages are legit. Only the Justice4Daisy Event Page
To also be clear: I’ve never lived in Maryville.
The Rally time has been changed from 10:00A.M to 6:00P.M.
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#OpMaryville Twitterstorm Package!
Raise Awareness in social media put pressure on Attorney General Chris Koster to launch an investigation into the lack of charges against Matthew Barnett (despite a confession and evidence of his guilt), and promote that on Tuesday, October 22, 2013, at 10:00am we will meet at the Nodaway County Courthouse in Maryville, Missouri with daisies in our hands for a peaceful protest in support of Daisy Coleman.
Date & Time: Tuesday, October 15, 2013, 5PM EST / 2PM PST
Copy + Paste these tweets. Do not retweet, the hashtag will not trend.
If you are writing your own tweets, make sure to include the #opMaryville hashtag!
You do not need to post more than once every five minutes, especially to avoid suspension of your account.
PRESS RELEASE AND FUTURE PROTESTS:
OpMaryville Launched: http://pastebin.com/3rq0ZSrY
OpMaryville video format: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vFCrZSPw7Uc
Oct 22nd demonstration in Maryville: http://pastebin.com/W9ycQUkB
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10/22/13, 10:00am, we will meet at Nodaway County Courthouse in Maryville, Missouri w/daisies in our hands #Maryville
Join the #Maryville protest on Oct. 22 in support of Daisy Coleman. Read more: http://pastebin.com/W9ycQUkB
We demand you immediate investigation into lack of charges against Barnett, despite confession/evidence. @Koster4Missouri #Maryville
Are you going to sit idly while apparent political corruption fails these two girls? @Koster4Missouri #Maryville
Rex serves on at least one committee with Sheriff Darrin White. Just an interesting tidbit… @Koster4Missouri #Maryville
Contact Attorney General Chris Koster and voice your concerns of a coverup. Phone: 573-751-3321 Fax: 573-751-0774 #Maryville
“They just need to get over it” according to Sheriff. http://www.mosheriffs.com/view_county.php?name=Nodaway Darren White – 660-582-7451 Fax: 660-582-8558 #Maryville
Attorney Gen @Koster4Missouri, please investigate Robert Rice’s mishandling rapes of minors/his connection to Rex Barnett #Maryville
Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vFCrZSPw7Uc #Maryville
Why was a suspect, who confessed to a crime, with video, released with no charges? ask Robert Rice (660) 582-8285 #Maryville
Contact email@example.com to demand investigation of prosecutor Rice, Sheriff Rice & their involvement w/Rex Barnett #Maryville
“It was the right decision to dismiss it” Prosecuter Rice- BEFORE rape kits came back. Demand answers. Office # (660) 582-8285 #Maryville
Where are the rape kits? Charges were dropped before they came back, despite video evidence. Demand they reopen this case! #Maryville
Check out the reviews on the restaurant the “alleged” rapist works at: http://m.yelp.com/biz/a-g-restaurant-maryville #Maryville
Hacktivist group Anonymous launches #Maryville after dropped rape case: http://alj.am/GXYObD via @AJAMStream
After the rape charges were mysteriously dropped, friends of the boys celebrated on twitter using hashtag #jordanandmattarefree #Maryville
Girls raped, one on video, charges dropped before rape kits came back. Did I mention Matt’s grandfather is a State Rep? #Maryville
The 13 year old said NO. More than once. A third boy (aged 17) filmed everything on his cell phone. #Maryville
Barnett & friends dumped Daisy on her porch, passed out, no shoes/socks/coat – 22-degrees out. Wasnt found until hours later. #Maryville
“We did our job, did it well… unfortunate that they are unhappy. I guess they’re just going to have to get over it”-Sherriff #Maryville
Daisy’s mother Melinda, a veterinarian, lost her job as a result of the police report her daughter filed #Maryville http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2458395/Maryville-family-driven-town-daughter-Daisy-Coleman-14-accused-football-player-rape.html#ixzz2hhDVwwMD
Mrs Coleman says her sons, Daisy’s brothers, were threatened at school often by boys they counted as friends just weeks earlier #Maryville
Her mom has said she suspects house fire was connected to residents furious over Daisy’s rape report. #Maryville http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2458395/Maryville-family-driven-town-daughter-Daisy-Coleman-14-accused-football-player-rape.html#ixzz2hhEmFxaF
Video, exams, confession, & 13yo’s account. BUT Matthew Barnett is grandson of State Rep Rex Barnett. See where this is going? #Maryville
“If her name begins with A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z, she wants the D” Recent retweet by Matt Barnett #Maryville
Contact Missouri official Rex Barnett and ask how he feels about his grandson getting off for a rape: http://is.gd/hXYlJ1 #Maryville
ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ Matthew Barnett wants the P. (Prison that is) pic.twitter.com/L6XEBMhPoa #Maryville
“w/in 4 hrs, we had a search warrant & executed that. We had all suspects in custody & audio/video confessions.”-Sheriff White #Maryville
14 yo “barely able to stand,” and raped by an older athlete while another athlete videotaped. Her 13 yo friend was also raped. #Maryville
Rape kits were done & sent off. Tears, brusing, & bleeding. 13yo ended up having to go BACK to the ER when bleeding didnt stop. #Maryville
#Maryville #Justice4Daisy article http://www.dailydot.com/news/maryville-daisy-coleman-anonymous/ via @raincoaster
Asked if a crime occurred, Sheriff stated, “Hell yes, it occurred… And did these boys need to be punished for it? Absolutely.” #Maryville
At a dance competition, Melinda Coleman, Daisy’s mother, says, a girl arrived wearing a homemade shirt saying: Matt 1, Daisy 0. #Maryville
14 year old Daisy was subjected to constant cyber-bullying from classmates & even parents after reporting she had been raped #Maryville
Matt Barnett admitted he had sex with the 14 year old, who was so intoxicated she couldn’t stand, while a friend filmed it. #Maryville
How was video/medical evidence not enough to put one of these football players inside a court room, prosecutor @koster4missouri? #Maryville
Rapes must be prosecuted, even if you are Mark Barnett and your grandfather is State Rep Rex Barnett http://www.house.mo.gov/billtracking/spec01/member01/mem004.htm #Maryville
Maryville turned their backs on these young rape victims, one family forced to flee town. Their house then burned to the ground. #Maryville
Let Robert L Rice, Prosecuting Attorney, (660) 582-8285, know that we DEMAND justice! http://www.nodawaycountymo.com/content/view/30/42/ #Maryville
Does everyone at University of Central Missouri know Matthew Barnett’s story? Lets share it. #Maryville @UCMMULES @UCentralMo
Make sure everyone at University of Central Missouri knows Matthew Barnett’s past. http://www.kansas.com/2013/10/13/3057134/nightmare-in-missouri-town-teens.html #Maryville
Missouri town harasses 14 year old rape victim and her family while accused attacker remains free http://deadstate.org/missouri-town-harrasses-rape-victim-and-her-family-while-accused-attacker-remains-free/ #Maryville
Father of boy who videotaped rape of the 14 year old girl is pissed his son was suspended from school. http://www.coachad.com/pages/Breaking-News—Angry-Father-Reacts-To-Sons-Suspension-By-Posting-Signs-Comparing-School-Board-To-Hitler—4-30-12.php … #Maryville
Matthew Barnetts friends continue to joke about his “fame” even today. Meet @ericBostwick4 pic.twitter.com/aFzO2akW2z #Maryville
The backlash on social media was vitriolic. Classmates said Daisy had been ‘asking for it’ at the party. #Maryville http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2458395/Maryville-family-driven-town-daughter-Daisy-Coleman-14-accused-football-player-rape.html#ixzz2hhG8eJC2
Mrs Coleman said daughter suffered heavily- both from the alleged rape & from online abuse and she tried to kill herself twice. #Maryville
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Is Robert Rice, DA of Nodaway County, making excuses on why the Daisy Coleman rape case wasn’t prosecuted?
I’m sure he’s feeling the heat now that every media outlet is calling his office.