The man accused of killing a 33-year old Lamar woman today was freed without bail less than two months ago, despite the pleas of Barton County Prosecuting Attorney Steven Kaderly.
Barton County Circuit Court records on case.net indicate Roy Leon Willis, 37, Lamar, was arrested Oct. 19 by the Lamar Police Department, charged with violating a full order of protection. At a hearing five days later, court records show Judge Charles Curless released Willis on his own recognizance despite the prosecuting attorney's recommendation.
Court records show Willis failed to show for a Nov. 13 pre-trial hearing. At that point, Judge Curless issued a warrant for his arrest and set his bond at $5,000.
The alleged protection order violation occurred only 52 days after Willis pleaded guilty on Aug. 28 to third degree domestic assault in Vernon County Circuit Court for an incident that occurred July 30. Court records show the charge was amended, indicating Willis was initially charged with a more serious offense. Judge Neal Quitno, a former Vernon County prosecuting attorney, gave Willis a suspended sentence, and then placed him on two years of supervised probation. One of the requirements of the probation was that Willis enter an impact program, something he did, attending his first meeting Sept. 19.
Willis received the suspended sentence four days after three ex parte protection orders were issued against him, one for an adult and the other two for children, in Barton County Circuit Court. The records do not indicate if the adult was Kelly Dawn Wolfe, 33, who was shot to death this morning. A full order of protection in the three cases was issued Aug. 29, the day after Willis' guilty plea in Vernon County.
According to the Joplin Globe, Willis remains in critical condition at Freeman Health Center in Joplin after shooting himself in the head.