Trial of presumed shooter in Joplin murder opens

Daniel Hartman and his accomplices went to Jacob Wages’ home in the middle of the night looking to rip off his stash of Ecstasy pills and $5,000 in cash. They knew Wages possessed an assault rifle and was proficient in mixed martial arts. So Hartman brought a .22-caliber semi-automatic pistol, Assistant Prosecutor Norman Rouse alleged Tuesday during opening statements at Hartman’s trial in Jasper County Circuit Court in Joplin.

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