Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Charges against Joplin man upgraded to murder

A 9:30 a.m. Wednesday arraignment has been scheduled in Jasper County Circuit Court for Alexander C. Sewell, 40, Joplin, who is charged with second degree murder in connection with the May 18 shooting death of Sewell's roommate, James Swatsenberg, 49.

Sewell was originally charged with unlawful possession of a firearm, but the death was labeled a homicide following the autopsy. Sewell is also charged with armed criminal action.

Sewell's bond, initially set at $10,000 has been increased to $500,000.

Joplin Police discovered Swatsenberg's body after receiving a call about a shooting at K-Wood Mobile Estates, 200 E. Zora, lot 38.

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