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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Joplin court log for July 31, 2014.
Firefighters douse blaze in garage; no injuries cited
The Joplin city fire marshal is investigating fire early Wednesday in the garage of a home in the 3300 block of South Delaware Avenue.
Drug charges filed in four arrests by Joplin police
The Jasper County prosecutor’s office has filed felony drug charges against four suspects arrested this week by Joplin police.
Rural Pittsburg man commits suicide after firing shots
GIRARD, Kan. — A 32-year-old man took his own life Tuesday night after barricading himself in an upstairs room of his home and firing several gunshots, authorities said.
No injuries reported in garage fire
The Joplin city fire marshal is investigating a fire that erupted early today in the garage of a home at 3316 S. Delaware Ave.
Barricaded man commits suicide
A 32-year-old man took his own life Tuesday night after barricading himself in an upstairs room of his home and firing several gunshots.
Monett residents hurt in accident in Barry County
Two residents of Monett were injured in a two-vehicle accident at 3:17 p.m. Tuesday on U.S. Highway 60, less than three miles west of Monett in Barry County, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
Fire extensively damages home; woman escapes
CARL JUNCTION, Mo. — The cause of a Tuesday morning fire that burned the roof of a home in Carl Junction remains undetermined.
Police probing possible case of felony assault
Joplin police are investigating a possible felony assault that landed a 63-year-old man in an intensive care unit at Freeman Hospital West.
Joplin couple indicted on child pornography charges
A federal grand jury today indicted a Joplin couple for alleged sexual exploitation of a second child in addition to a girl who was the subject of a previous indictment of the husband for producing and distributing child pornography.
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