A Jasper County judge Thursday dismissed a felony weapon charge that a Joplin man was facing when the alleged victim in the case refused to testify against him.
Kenyatta Wilson took the witness stand but refused to testify at the preliminary hearing of Tyretha D. Smith, 19, in Jasper County Circuit Court in Joplin. Her refusal prompted Associate Judge Richard Copeland to dismiss the charge of unlawful use of a weapon that Smith was facing.
A Joplin police report states that officers responding to a report of an Oct. 27 disturbance on South Moffet Avenue were told by Wilson that Smith had pointed a gun at her face during an argument.
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Murder warrant issued in fatal domestic shooting
Police believe Doyle Handle shot himself after fatally shooting Dena Davenport during a domestic disturbance Thursday night at their residence in Grove.
No charges to be filed in Joplin shooting case
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Arma mother facing murder charge in sleeping baby’s death
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Vandals cause $37,000 in damage at Joplin business
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The Joplin Fire Department used thermal-imaging equipment Wednesday night to detect a hidden fire inside a residence.
Exeter resident hurt in accident in Barry County
An Exeter resident was injured in a single-vehicle accident at 2:15 p.m. Thursday on Missouri Highway 76, two miles west of Exeter in Barry County, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
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