The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Crime & Courts

July 19, 2012

Charges dropped; lack of evidence cited by prosecution

The Jasper County prosecutor’s office has dropped the prosecution of sexual assault charges that a rural Joplin man was facing.

Levi J. Welde, 30, was scheduled to have a preliminary hearing Wednesday in Jasper County Circuit Court in Joplin on charges of sexual assault and deviate sexual assault. Welde was accused of sexually assaulting a woman who was in an intoxicated state at a party Feb. 19 at a residence outside Joplin.

Kimberly Fisher, assistant prosecutor, said the charges were being dropped because of a lack of evidence.

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