The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Crime & Courts

February 27, 2014

Judge dismisses case; absence of victim cited

A Jasper County judge dismissed a felony assault charge against a Sarcoxie man Wednesday when the alleged victim failed to show up to testify against him.

Michael L. Baker, 28, was scheduled to have a preliminary hearing in Jasper County Circuit Court in Joplin on a charge of second-degree assault. Assistant Prosecutor Will Pedersen said he asked that the charge be dismissed because of the alleged victim’s unwillingness to cooperate in the prosecution of Baker.

The defendant was accused of participating in the assault of Jarrett A. Fleming on May 18 of last year in La Russell.

Fleming told Jasper County sheriff’s deputies that Baker and a second man attacked him because of a misunderstanding arising from the sale of a motorcycle, according to a probable-cause affidavit. Fleming suffered a broken jaw, the affidavit states.

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