Thursday, March 29, 2018

Preliminary hearing set for men accused in Christmas Eve murder at 627 S. Byers

The preliminary hearings for Artilius Jordan, 47, and Moses Ramsey, 27, both of Joplin, charged with first degree murder in connection with the Christmas Eve shooting death of Sean Harris, 43, Joplin, is scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday, April 5, before Judge Joseph Hensley in Jasper County Circuit Court.

Jordan shot Sean Harris in cold blood because he believed Harris was having sex with his girlfriend, according to a probable cause statement filed Tuesday in Jasper County Circuit Court.

Jordan went to a home at 627 S. Byers Avenue where his girlfriend was and where Harris was visiting to confront him, according to the statement. Jordan was accompanied by Moses Ramsey and Joseph Czahor.

Harris was coming down the stairs of the apartment building when Jordan pulled a handgun and with Ramsey's encouragement, shot Harris at least twice, with one of the shots hitting him in the chest, according to the probable cause statement. Harris died at Freeman West Hospital.

The statement says Ramsey forced the girlfriend into the pickup and as they drove away, Jordan began beating the girlfriend.

"As Jordan was assaulting (the girlfriend) in the backseat of the extended cab pickup, the handgun went off, shooting Czahor in the back. Czahor dropped off the other passengers and drove himself to Freeman Hospital."

Ramsey and Jordan were both charged with first degree murder, two counts of assault and three counts of armed criminal action.

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