Charge dropped in body-dumping case

3 years 2 months 3 days ago Wednesday, October 15 2014 Oct 15, 2014 Wednesday, October 15, 2014 8:06:00 AM CDT October 15, 2014 in News
By: The Associated Press

NEOSHO (AP) - The Newton County prosecutor has dropped a charge accusing a rural Joplin man of dumping the corpse of a man who died from a drug overdose.

The charge was dropped Tuesday, the day 28-year-old Jared Prier was scheduled for a preliminary hearing in Newton County. Prosecutor Jake Skouby said he didn't have enough evidence to charge Prier.

Prier and 24-year-old Chelsie Berry, of Carl Junction, were charged with disposing of the body of 30-year-old Dennis in August in northern Newton County after first posing with his corpse and posting pictures on Facebook.

The Joplin Globe reports Skouby says Berry confessed and that can be used as evidence against her for prosecution but Prier did not confess and Berry refused to testify against him.

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