Independence Pair Appear in Court in Woman's Death

MAY 30, 2006 - Posted at 2:24 p.m. CST

INDEPENDENCE, MO - An Independence couple pleads not guilty to charges in the death of a woman whose sexual assault and torture was videotaped.

Richard D. Davis and Dena Riley appeared in court this morning wearing jail-issued jumpsuits and bulletproof vests.  Riley began crying almost as soon as she entered the courtroom and sobbed throughout the procedings.

The pair pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree murder, first degree assault, kidnapping, rape and sodomy in the death of 41-year-old Marsha Spicer of Independence.

They were ordered held without bond.  Davis is scheduled to appear in court again on July 12 and Riley on July 19.

The arraignment came amid reports that another body had been discovered north of Kansas City.

The Kansas City Star reported today that a high-ranking law officer said police were investigating whether a body found in rural Clay County is connected to the case.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)