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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Tulsa man faces robbery charge
A suspect in a shoplifting incident Monday at the Sears store in Northpark Mall in Joplin was charged with robbery after he and an accomplice reportedly resisted a store employee’s effort to detain them.
Wrecks injure two on area roadways
A Carthage man suffered serious injuries in a motorcycle accident at 3:35 p.m. Tuesday on East 50th Street, a half-mile east of Joplin in Newton County, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
Assault sends man to Joplin hospital
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A passenger accused of causing an accident on Interstate 44 in Joplin that injured three others as well as himself was ordered bound over for trial Tuesday on three felony counts.
Youth shot in shoulder after reportedly encountering burglars
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Webb City man placed on probation in assault case
A rural Webb City man pleaded guilty to a reduced charge Monday in a child abuse case and received a suspended sentence with probation.
Man enters plea to reduced charge in drug case
A Joplin man charged with trafficking in crack cocaine pleaded guilty Monday to a reduced charge of felony possession in a plea deal with the Jasper County prosecutor’s office.
Joplin man pleads guilty to reduced charge in shooting incident
A Joplin man accused of shooting at another man’s vehicle a year ago pleaded guilty Monday to a reduced charge of unlawful possession of a firearm. William K. Richardson, 37, pleaded guilty during a hearing in Jasper County Circuit Court. He will be sentenced Sept. 22.
Webb City woman draws probation for robbery at mall
A 22-year-old Webb City woman who pleaded guilty to robbery in a shoplifting incident at the J.C. Penney store in Northpark Mall received a suspended sentence Friday in Jasper County Circuit Court.
Carthage man pleads guilty in sexual abuse case
A Carthage man pleaded guilty Monday to sexual abuse of a 12-year-old girl in a plea agreement that would cap the length of his prison term at no more than 15 years.
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