Saturday, July 28, 2018

Arraignment set for accused killer of Carthage man

An August 27 arraignment before Jasper County Circuit Court Judge Gayle Crane has been scheduled for Lafayette Starr, 31, Springfield, who is charged with first degree murder in connection with the June 13, 2017, shooting death of Tayler Anderson, 22, Carthage.

Starr waived his preliminary hearing Wednesday and was bound over for trial. He is also charged with assault and two counts of armed criminal action.

The crime was described in the following June 13, 2017 Jasper County Sheriff's Office news release:

Early Tuesday Morning, June 13th, at around 1:30 a.m. deputies were called to a roadside location on Gum Road, west of Country Road 30 intersection in Sarcoxie to deal with a shooting.

Upon arrival a male subject, Tayler Anderson (22 years old from Carthage) was found deceased.

A second male subject, Gage Williams (21 years old, also from Carthage), was sent to a local hospital for treatment for a gunshot wound.

Williams is listed as being in stable condition. The victims and the suspect were familiar with each other.

At approximately 6:00 PM, 06-13-17, Springfield Police Department officers arrested Lafayette Starr, 30, on warrants related to the investigation into the homicide that occurred earlier in the day.

Starr is being held on a $2 million cash-only bond.

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