Prosecution satisfies defense's request for evidence in Rob Sanders case

Friday, July 12, 2013 | 3:40 p.m. CDT; updated 4:45 p.m. CDT, Saturday, July 13, 2013

CALLAWAY — The case of a former Columbia police officer accused of assaulting an inmate will move forward following a pre-trial hearing  held in the Circuit Court of Callaway County on Friday morning.

Circuit Judge Carol England was informed that Cole County prosecuting attorneys had responded to a request filed by Rob Sanders' attorney to disclose evidence in preparation for trial. Sanders' trial is scheduled for August 15.

Sanders' attorney, Scott Jansen, had filed a motion in June stating that the Cole County Prosecuting Attorney's Office had not responded to a request to disclose evidence related to the case. 

Jansen said that he had canceled the hearing after the prosecuting attorney submitted the evidence they had collected in the case.

Sanders was charged in August with third-degree assault in connection with a 2011 incident in which the former Columbia police officer pushed an inmate, Kenneth Baker, against the wall of his cell.

In a previous Missourian report, Baker's attorney, Ron Netemeyer, said that Baker had a fractured vertebra and was hospitalized for several days following the incident.

Sanders was fired from the police department in September 2011 for using excessive force following an internal investigation of the incident.

Supervising editor is John Schneller.

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