Thursday, June 15, 2017

Accused killer of Carthage man pleads not guilty

A Springfield man charged with first degree murder in connection with Monday's shooting death of Tayler Anderson, 22, Carthage, pleaded not guilty during a video arraignment Thursday in Jasper County Circuit Court.

Lafayette Starr, 30, Springfield, is being held on a $2 million cash only bond.

Starr also pleaded not guilty to assault charges for allegedly shooting Gage Williams, 21, Carthage, and armed criminal action.

Williams told Jasper County deputies that Starr shot him first and told him he would come back for him.

The shootings took place around 1:30 a.m. on Gum Road, west of the County Road 30 intersection in Sarcoxie.

The Springfield Police Department arrested Starr 6 p.m. Monday.

Starr's next hearing is 9 a.m  July 15.

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