Monday, December 25, 2017

Suspect in Joplin murder charged with shooting another man in 2015, other suspect brutally beat girlfriend

One of the suspects in the fatal shooting of a Joplin man Sunday night at 627 South Byers was charged with another shooting in Joplin on December 1, 2015.

A news release issued by the Joplin Police Department on that date said Artilius Jordan, 45 (at the time) was arrested on charges of first degree assault and armed criminal action with bond set at $500,000 cash only.

The victim in the shooting, Corey M. Walstead, 23, Diamond,  was being taken to the hospital by a private vehicle when the vehicle had a flat tire and the driver called the police department.

An ambulance was called and took Walstead to the hospital, according to the news release. The police, who had been told that the shooting took place at Jordan's home at 1301 E. 15th, executed a search warrant, recovered evidence, and arrested Jordan at 11 p.m. at 1303 E. 13th.

At the time of the shooting, Jordan was already on probation after pleading guilty to a felony burglary charge on July 28, 2014.

According to the probable cause statement for that offense, Jordan burglarized Joplin Auto Sales, 1401 S. Main.

Jordan was given a suspended five-year sentence and placed on supervised probation for five years.

Since that time, multiple probation violations have been filed against Jordan, including one filed two days after the Joplin shooting. Despite the violations, Jordan has never been sent to prison.

After the Joplin shooting, the Department of Probation and Parole recommended that Jordan's probation be continued, according to online Jasper County Circuit Court records.

Two probation violations have been filed this year and on October 16 following numerous delays, Judge David Mouton ruled that Jordan violated four conditions of his probation ... and then ordered that he be continued on probation without any modifications and without extending his probation.

As for the December 2015 shooting, no record of it remains on Jasper County online court records, indicating the prosecuting attorney either did not file charges or charges were dropped at some point.

Less than three months after Judge Mouton's ruling continuing Jordan's probation, Jordan faces a charge of first degree murder, two felony assault charges and three counts of armed criminal action

The other man facing the same charges in connection with the shooting that took the life of Sean Harris, 47, Joplin, Moses Ramsey, 27, Joplin, also has had numerous run-ins with law enforcement.

Ramsey pleaded guilty on July 19, 2014, to felony possession of a controlled substance, after a Joplin Police Department traffic stop turned up meth in his vehicle. He was sentenced to three years in prison to run concurrently with a three-year sentence on a felony domestic assault charge, with the probable cause statement in that case indicating Ramsey terrorized his girlfriend:

On January 10, 2014, Joplin police officers responded to a call of a man who was "acting crazy' with a gun at 110 N. Sergeant Avenue.

A woman told police her boyfriend of three to four months, Moses Ramsey "choked and hit her" that morning Another witness verified the statement, according to the document.

After Ramsey was arrested, the woman told police that Ramsey had assaulted her several times.

On January 7, 2014 "Ramsey choked her on her couch, cut her with a knife and head butted her three times in the face. (She) stated that Ramsey then put both of his hands around her throat and squeezed (She) stated that she had trouble breathing when Ramsey choked her. (She) stated that Ramsey then took the steak knife against her chest and started making small scrapes on her skin and threatened to kill her."

The abuse continued two nights later, according to the probable cause statement. "Ramsey acted like he had a handgun in his waistband and threatened to shoot her with the gun. (She) stated that she did not see the gun, but there was an unknown object on Ramsey's right hip. (She) stated that she has observed Ramsey with a gun in the past. Ramsey hit her in the face with a plastic container.

"(She) started that Ramsey also grabbed around her neck with his two hands and forced her down onto the bed in front of her friend. (She) stated that Ramsey then head butted her in the face when she refused to leave the house with him. (She) stated that when Ramsey observed police officers outside of the house he told her to cover up her face with makeup and started to look for places to hide."

The probable cause statement said the woman had "multiple dark bruises on her face and stated that has been to Freeman Urgent Care for her injuries. (She) stated that she has to have her nose reset because Ramsey broke it when he head butted her on January 7, 2014.

Ramsey and Jordan are still at large.


Anonymous said...

Better call Judd.

Anonymous said...

Thank you Randy for keeping us informed about pertinent news in Joplin and the surrounding area.
I rarely read the Globe anymore. I like being able to go to your news sites for all my local news.