The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Crime & Courts

March 27, 2014

Charge dismissed; absence of victim cited by judge

AIRPORT DRIVE, Mo. — A Jasper County judge Thursday dismissed a felony assault charge that a Joplin man was facing when the alleged victim failed to show up to testify against him.

Joseph P. Johnson, 51, was scheduled to have a preliminary hearing in Jasper County Circuit Court in Joplin on a charge of second-degree assault. Instead, the prosecutor’s office asked Associate Judge Richard Copeland to dismiss the case.

Johnson was accused of cutting his former roommate, Keaton Fine, with a hunting knife on April 6 of last year while Fine was moving out of their residence on East Eighth Street. Fine suffered a cut on his arm, according to a probable-cause affidavit.

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