A Joplin man waived his right to a preliminary hearing Wednesday on a felony weapon offense and was ordered bound over for trial.
John F. Murphy, 49, waived the hearing in Jasper County Circuit Court on a charge of unlawful use of a weapon.
A related charge of second-degree domestic assault that Murphy was facing was dismissed at the request of the Jasper County prosecutor’s office. Kurt Benecke, assistant prosecutor, said the assault count was being dropped because the defendant’s girlfriend failed to show up to testify against him.
Murphy was accused of choking his girlfriend during a domestic disturbance April 18 at 1519 E. V St. He also allegedly slammed a second woman up against a car and held the blade of a kitchen knife to her neck. Associate Circuit Judge Richard Copeland ordered Murphy to stand trial for that offense, with his initial appearance in a trial division set for Aug. 10.
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Last defendant sentenced in Pittsburg slaying
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