Rob Sanders case lags as prosecutor waits for necessary documents

Thursday, March 7, 2013 | 9:27 p.m. CST; updated 11:36 p.m. CST, Thursday, March 7, 2013

COLUMBIA — The saga of Rob Sanders carries on. 

On Thursday, the former Columbia police officer's court case was continued for the ninth time, as Mark Richardson, the special prosecutor who took over on Jan. 18, revealed he had not yet received documents he needs to try the case. Court records show the documents were mailed to Richardson's office Wednesday.

Sanders faces a misdemeanor assault charge for shoving a suspect in a Columbia Police holding cell on Aug. 15, 2011. A video released by the Columbia Police Department showed the incident. 

Richardson, who is the Cole County chief prosecutor and the second prosecutor in Sanders' case, declined to comment for this article. 

He was not in court Thursday, but his assistant appeared before Judge Carol England.

The third-degree assault charge against Sanders was filed on Aug. 10, almost a year after the incident and only five days before the statute of limitations ran out. 

The case against Sanders entered its 210th day Thursday. The case has changed special prosecutors once and judges four times. Michael Douglas Fusselman was the first special prosecutor.

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