McDonald County Circuit Court Judge John LePage last week sentenced Karl Jobst, 36, a former Lamar resident, to three years of unsupervised probation, community service, and $46 to the crime victims compensation fund, according to court records.
Jobst was represented by Travis Noble, St. Louis, a specialist in winning seemingly unwinnable drunk driving cases. According to his law firm's website, Noble recently won a not guilty verdict for a nurse charged with her seventh DWI offense and another jury verdict for a client charged with driving while intoxicated for a fifth time.
"He has successfully tried DWI cases involving charges of first offense DWI, felony DWI and murder second DWI," according to the website.
The circumstances surrounding the death of Jobst's girlfriend, Helen Chandler, were included in a legal case filed by an insurance company in U. S. District Court in Oklahoma.
On June 13, 2003, Jobst met Ms. Chandler at his home in Grove. Ms. Chandler lived in Tulsa and worked for a dentist in Owasso, "but she often spent the weekends with Jobst at his home in Grove. Chandler had been romantically involved with Jobst for approximately five years, living with him for several years before she moved to Tulsa," the opinion said. She usually stayed with on weekends.
At about 7 p.m. that evening, they drove to Joplin to have dinner "as they had on numerous other occasions. However, Jobst claims that on this particular night he and Chandler's dinner trip was purely for 'business purposes.' He also claims that Chandler 'owned the car that was involved in the accident."
The car was a 1999 white BMW convertible which Jobst bought, titled, insured with GEICO and borrowed $28,000 from the bank of Oklahoma for during the 10 days prior to the accident, the opinion said.
The two went to Club 609 in Joplin "consuming more than two bottles of wine." As they returned to Oklahoma, "they heard a radio announcement for a nightclub called 'The Shadow Lake Bar' in Noel and detoured to pay a visit."
The opinion says that Jobst told Ms. Chandler's sister, Betty Cartright, after the accident, that they went to the bar to "check out the dancing." That was not what he claimed later, when he said they were there to "conduct further dentistry business." In court documents, Jobst has indicated he was trying to get Ms. Chandler, who had previously worked for him, to return to her old job.
"Almost immediately upon leaving the bar in the early morning hours of June 14, 2003, they were involved in a single-car accident when Jobst lost control of the car. He was injured and Chandler was killed. Both Jobst and Chandler were intoxicated," the opinion said.