Homicide claim could hinder Mo. incest, rape cases

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The alleged crimes are unthinkable: rape, incest and bestiality forced upon young victims by several western Missouri family members two decades ago. But legal experts say one of the more sensational claims in the case - that one suspect forced the young victims to kill a man - will create an uphill climb for prosecutors.

Investigators say the abuse has been corroborated by six siblings. At least three say they were sexually assaulted over a 10-year period beginning in the mid-1980s on a farm near Kansas City. But officials have yet to produce a homicide victim in the case.

Authorities have largely refused to comment on their evidence. Homicide charges haven't been filed, and officials won't say whether a homicide investigation is even under way.

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