September 9, 2022
The state of Missouri will seek the death penalty against James D. Phelps for the 2021 murder and kidnapping of Cassidy Rainwater-Paul. Dallas County prosecutor Jonathan Barker announced that intent in court filings this week.
Phelps' capital defense attorney, Tom Jacquinot, who is a public defender--has asked that his client's case be moved to another county on a change of venue. That change will be automatically granted as Dallas County has less than 75,000 residents. There has been no word on where the case will move at this time, according to the Dallas County circuit clerk's office.
In August of 2021, a relative reported Cassidy missing and said she was last seen at a DFS meeting in Lebanon in early July.