Trial ordered for two accused of threatening Somali woman

1 year 1 day 22 hours ago Friday, November 18 2016 Nov 18, 2016 Friday, November 18, 2016 9:23:35 AM CST November 18, 2016 in News
By: The Associated Press

NOEL (AP) — A judge has ruled two southwest Missouri residents will stand trial on charges accusing them of assaulting a 19-year-old Somali woman.

Michael R. Miller and Ashli M. Helmuth are accused of accosting the woman as she left a Noel park on Oct. 3.

The Joplin Globe reports a McDonald County judge on Wednesday found probable cause during a preliminary hearing to order Helmuth and Miller to stand trial on charges of first-degree assault and armed criminal action.

The Somali woman testified Helmuth hit her and Miller shot a handgun in her general direction during the altercation at a Noel ballpark.

Lawyers for the defendants didn't immediately return calls seeking comment.

The judge set Miller's initial appearance for Dec. 6 and Helmuth's initial appearance for Dec. 20.

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