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July 9, 2012

Juveniles also being sought in murder case

Victim was shot to death

JOPLIN, Mo. — A court document states that Daniel Hartman shot and killed Jacob Wages with a handgun during the course of a burglary at the dead man’s home.

A probable-cause affidavit filed to obtain an arrest warrant for Hartman, 17, of Tulsa, Okla., alleges that he and “two other juvenile suspects” illegally entered Wages’ residence at 1912 S. Pearl Ave. on Friday with an intent to steal.

“Upon entry, Hartman was confronted by the resident and Hartman shot Jacob Wages with a handgun he brought with him, killing the victim,” the affidavit reads.

An arrest warrant issued for Hartman charges him with first-degree murder, armed criminal action and burglary. The two suspects already in custody in the investigation, Johnathan J. Taylor, 19, of Joplin, and Cody E. Stephens, 20, of Parsons, Kan., are not juveniles.

Lt. Darren Gallup of the Joplin Police Department confirmed today that police are seeking two juveniles as well as Hartman in connection with the murder. Gallup declined to provide any information about the juveniles, including names, gender, ages or addresses.

Taylor and Stephens are charged with burglary but not with murder. Affidavits filed with their charges allege that they entered the same residence through a back door and stole a black lockbox belonging to Wages from the deceased man’s living room.


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