The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Crime & Courts

January 9, 2014

Charge dismissed in assault case

The Jasper County prosecutor’s office dropped a charge against a Carthage man in a felony assault case Wednesday when the alleged victim retracted his account of what happened.

John H. Lasiter, 27, was scheduled for a preliminary hearing in Jasper County Circuit Court in Joplin on a charge of second-degree assault.

But Associate Judge Richard Copeland dismissed the charge at the request of the prosecutor’s office.

Kurt Benecke, assistant prosecutor, said that Matthew Thornton, who told police Aug. 10 that Lasiter hit him multiple times with a broken chair leg at a home in Carthage, had changed his story and was no longer claiming to have been attacked by the defendant. Thornton had suffered multiple cuts to his face in the incident, according to a probable-cause affidavit.

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