The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

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July 10, 2012

Joplin murder suspect detained

JOPLIN, Mo. — Police in Tulsa, Okla., today detained one of the juvenile suspects in the murder of Jacob Wages of Joplin.

Joplin police said a 16-year-old boy was taken into custody on suspicion of first-degree murder. He is being held at a juvenile office in Tulsa pending extradition to Missouri.

A second juvenile suspect and 17-year-old Daniel D. Hartman, of Tulsa, remain at large.

Court documents indicate that Hartman and the two juveniles are believed to have entered Wages’ home at 1912 S. Pearl Ave. sometime early Friday morning with an intent to steal. Wages confronted them and Hartman is believed to have shot him with a handgun he was carrying.

They then stole an assault rifle and fled, according to probable-cause affidavits filed in Jasper County Circuit Court. Sometime after the shooting, a second burglary took place at the residence, the affidavits state. Johnathan J. Taylor, 19, and Cody E. Stephens, 20, of Parsons, Kan., are charged with entering the home and taking a lockbox belonging to Wages.

Police have not said what was in the lockbox or if it has been recovered. They also have not said what, if any, link exists between the two burglaries, or if they were sheer coincidence.


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