The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Crime & Courts

October 10, 2012

Judge orders man to stand trial in robbery case

A Jasper County judge ordered a Carthage man bound over for trial Wednesday on a charge that he robbed two other men Jan. 14 at a home on West Eighth Street in Joplin.

Associate Judge Richard Copeland found probable cause at a preliminary hearing in Jasper County Circuit Court for Terrell E. Prine, 28, to stand trial on a charge of first-degree robbery. The judge set Prine’s initial appearance in a trial division of the court for Oct. 22.

Bradley Clark testified that Prine robbed him and Gary Mitchell of cash at gunpoint during a dispute inside the residence where Clark was living at the time. Clark said Prine was drunk and angry, and had threatened him and Mitchell several times before going out to his car and getting a gun.

Clark said Prine would probably say the dispute was about $15 that he believed Clark owed him. But he thought it was more about Prine’s girlfriend having acknowledged that she’d had relations with Mitchell.

“I’ve known him (Prine) since he was a child, and I’ve never, ever seen him so upset,” Clark told the court.

When Prine went back in the house with a .45-caliber handgun, he fired a shot into a picture hanging on the wall over a fish tank, and then “became extremely violent” toward him and Mitchell, Clark said. He said Prine forced both of them to hand over their cash.

“When you’re staring at a .45-caliber pistol, you’re going to do what the man says,” Clark testified.

On cross-examination by public defender Frank Yankoviz, Clark acknowledged some felony convictions on his own record but denied having been offered any inducements with respect to any current charges in exchange for his testimony against Prine.

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