Monday, August 19, 2019

Jury trial begins Tuesday for Joplin man charged with assault in Watered Gardens stabbing that led to amputation

The jury trial of Bradley Cook, 32, Joplin, who is charged with assault and armed criminal action in connection with an October 28, 2017 stabbing at Watered Gardens in Joplin is scheduled to begin 9 a.m. Tuesday in Jasper County Circuit Court in Joplin.

Judge Gayle Crane will preside. The trial is expected to last two days.

Judge Crane ruled Thursday that Cook will be allowed to use cosmetic products to cover his neck tattoos.

Cook was bound over for trial following a January 2018 preliminary hearing in which his wheelchair-bound victim testified he was stabbed four times- twice in the back, once in the neck and once in his leg during a fight that began when Cook accosted him for no reason.

The victim testified that the stab wound in the leg became infected and led to the amputation of his leg.

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