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Man Now Charged with Murdering Teen Khighla Parks

GREENE COUNTY, Mo. -- The Benton County Prosecutor believes Anthony Balbirnie killed the Greene county girl in 2012.
GREENE COUNTY, Mo. -- A special prosecutor from the Office of the Missouri Attorney General assisting the Benton County Prosecutor believes Anthony Balbirnie killed the Greene county girl in 2012.

Balbirnie is now charged with 2nd degree murder, 2nd degree statutory rape, 2nd degree child molestation, endangering the welfare of a child, tampering with physical evidence and abandonment of a corpse.

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GREENE COUNTY, Mo. -- The family members of 15-year-old Khighla Parks believe they will see justice, despite the fact that charges against the man accused of abandoning her body have been dropped.

KOLR10's Laurie Patton spoke to the office of the Missouri Attorney General Wednesday and Spokeswoman Nanci Gonder could only say the office of the Attorney General is now assisting prosecutors in Benton, Dallas and Polk counties in the case against Anthony Balbirnie.

Anthony Balbirnie was supposed to face a Hickory County jury next week for a charge of abandonment of a corpse in the death of 15-year-old Khighla Parks.

Parks was reported missing by family member in September of 2012.

Parks' body was found ten days later weighted down, submerged in Truman Lake.

In early October 2012 Balbirnie was charged by Benton County Prosecutor Karen Woodley with abandonment of a corpse.

Prosecutors and other authorities are being tight lipped about why there has been a shift from the counties to the office of the Missouri attorney general.

Anthony Balbirnie is currently in a Missouri prison in Bowling Green serving a seven-year sentence on a parole violation stemming from the charges in this case.

Balbirnie's past offenses include forgery, unlawful use of a weapon and numerous drug charges.

Balbirnie had been paroled from the Missouri Department of Corrections in 2011 and 2012.

Patton spoke to David Owen with the Missouri Department of Corrections who said Balbirnie has no parole hearings in the foreseeable future.

"In time, there will be justice for our granddaughter,” says Bonnie Adams, Khighla’s grandmother, during a phone conversation on Wednesday.

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