The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Top Stories

March 9, 2013

Vernon County man pleads guilty to killing his wife

NEVADA, Mo. — A Vernon County man will be going to jail for 17 years for killing his wife.

Mark Edward Bishop, 43, Moundville, was sentenced Friday by Presiding Judge James Bickel in Vernon County Circuit Court after he agreed to plead guilty. According to online court records, Bishop’s trial on the second-degree murder charge was set to begin next week.

Authorities have accused Bishop of inflicting fatal injuries to his wife, Mary L. Bishop, 38, over the course of several hours on Oct. 1, 2011, at their home near Moundville. By the time he finally summoned emergency medical help late at night, she was lying unconscious and barely breathing on their kitchen floor. She initially was taken to the hospital in Nevada, then transferred to Freeman Hospital West in Joplin, where she died on Oct. 3.

A probable-cause affidavit filed in Vernon County Circuit Court listed her injuries or signs of injury as subcranial bleeding on both sides of her brain, a superficial cut 4 to 5 inches long on her neck, burn marks on one arm and bruising on the other, a strawberry bump on her chin, and bruising to her stomach and chest.

Mark Bishop initially suggested to neighbors and sheriff’s deputies that his wife had overdosed on her medications. He also claimed that she tripped and fell twice during the day, and once a few days previously, according to the affidavit.

But neighbors told investigators that the couple had been arguing throughout the day, and that Mary Bishop had told one of them that her husband struck her.

Former Vernon County Sheriff Ron Peckman said at the time of the killing that investigators also have learned of alleged instances of previous physical abuse of Mary Bishop by her husband that apparently went unreported to law enforcement.

Bishop was originally charged with first-degree murder, but the charge was later downgraded to second-degree murder.

1
Text Only
Top Stories
  • r042314psumove2.jpg SLIDE SHOW: Moving day for biology and chemistry building at Pittsburg State

    They didn’t all go two-by-two, and the person in charge wasn’t named Noah, but nonetheless, critters of all shapes and sizes were on the move Wednesday. Students, volunteers and staff members helped Delia Lister, director of Nature Reach, relocate everything from a pair of prairie dogs to a vocal macaw named Charlie so that Heckert-Wells Hall — the biology and chemistry building where they are housed on the campus of Pittsburg State University — can undergo a $4.4 million transformation in the coming months.

    April 23, 2014 2 Photos 1 Slideshow

  • 3M plant expansion to create 22 jobs

    An $18.7 million expansion at the 3M Co. manufacturing plant in Nevada will create 22 new jobs, a company official said Wednesday. “We started 43 years ago as a small manufacturer,” said Todd Cantrell, plant manager, in a meeting with employees. “We are now the largest 3M plant in the state of Missouri and one of the largest of all 3M plants.”

    April 23, 2014

  • Respond With Love flower.jpg Joplin pays it forward with flowers; residents asked to return bulbs ‘fostered’ for other towns

    Suzan Morang’s front yard bloomed brightly last year from a colorful array of bulbs that she will happily pass on to someone else this year. Morang, 1207 Xenia Court, is a participant in America Responds With Love, a national nonprofit organization that distributes bulbs to disaster-stricken cities.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Missouri lawmakers file three resolutions calling for impeaching governor

    While Gov. Jay Nixon was in Nevada, Mo., on Wednesday, a Missouri House panel led by Republicans began hearing arguments on three measures calling for impeaching him. Nixon has downplayed the proceedings as a legislative “publicity stunt.” One resolution, sponsored by Rep. Mike Moon, R-Ash Grove, is critical of Nixon for waiting several months to call special elections to fill three vacated House seats.

    April 23, 2014

  • 3 To Get Ready

    Three things coming your way in Thursday’s Joplin Globe.

    April 23, 2014

  • Nixon: Tax-cut bill holds fatal flaw; area lawmakers say stance totally false

    Another year has brought yet another tax-cut fight between Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon and the Republican-led Missouri General Assembly, and on Tuesday, Nixon announced that he had found what he sees as a fatal flaw.

    April 22, 2014

  • NEO_Big_Event - Bright.jpg NEO students step up for Big Event

    Leann Hartman has a 30-foot ditch filled with leaves that she has to clean out every spring. For the retired schoolteacher, this usually means paying a company to clean it for her, only to have to do it again the following year.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • 3 To Get Ready

    Three things coming your way in Wednesday’s Joplin Globe.

    April 22, 2014

  • r042214earthday.jpg Local group launches clean air plan on Earth Day

    It was an Earth Day first for Stephany Aquinaga, a pre-med student and member of the biology club at Missouri Southern State University. “This is the first time I have ever planted a tree,” she said.

    April 22, 2014 2 Photos

  • Neosho teachers express support for Common Core State Standards

    Neosho teachers on Monday voiced their full support for Common Core State Standards. They made their statements to board members during the Neosho Board of Education meeting as an agenda item.

    April 22, 2014