Man charged with incest will face jury trial

A man accused of having sex with two of his daughters and getting one of them pregnant will go before a jury to be tried.
Rodney Williams of Richmond is to allegedly had a sexual relationship with his oldest daughter, who is 21 years old before moving on to his daughter who is 19 years old.
Authorities were alerted when a co-worker of the daughter reported her story to police. The 19-year-old daughter became pregnant during the relationship that ended last February and subsequently had a baby.
Williams will also stand trial for tampering with a witness when he arranged for the two daughters and a younger daughter, who is 15 years old, to visit a family friend where Williams was able to meet with the girls.
The family friend, Bruce Higgins, and Williams’ wife, Kimberly Potter, are both charged with tampering as well. Potter’s trial begins Jan. 20 and Williams’ trial is set for Feb. 23. Higgins has not yet entered a plea but is scheduled to appear in court next week.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, Higgins called the Ray County Prosecutor’s Office to inquire whether or not charges could be dropped against Williams.
At the time, all three girls were staying with foster parents in Excelsior Springs. The foster parents had left for the weekend to attend a funeral when the meeting was arranged.

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