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Trial Delay Denied in Joplin Murder Case

Posted: Jan 26, 2013 4:58 PM by Associated Press
Updated: Jan 26, 2013 9:16 PM

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JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) - A southwest Missouri judge decided not to push back the start of a first-degree murder trial after the defendant waivered in his request to act as his own attorney.

The Joplin Globe reported that Friday's ruling means 46-year-old William Laramore's trial remains on track to start Wednesday in Jasper County Circuit Court.

Prosecutors allege that in November 2010, Laramore fatally attacked Sean French and assaulted a man who tried to intervene.

Laramore asked to defend himself Thursday. He also sought a continuance.

But after questioning Laramore about his educational and legal background, the judge asked Laramore whether he wanted to reconsider. Laramore said "yes." The judge then sought to clarify, asking whether Laramore intended to act as his own attorney. Laramore responded: "I don't even know at this point."

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