Mistrial declared in 1984 Joplin murder case

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JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) – A mistrial has been declared in the trial of a 67-year-old man who spent almost 30 years as a fugitive before he was charged in the death of a Joplin woman.

Paul Moses was on trial in Jasper County court for capital murder in the 1984 death of 62-year-old Frances Ramsey. Ramsey’s body was found in the unoccupied half of a duplex the morning after she was seen leaving a bar with Moses. She died from blunt-force trauma to her head.

Moses was captured in 2013 in San Diego after applying for Social Security benefits.

The Joplin Globe reports the judge Friday declared the mistrial because of a possibility for juror prejudice stemming from violations of a defense stipulation that jurors not know Moses was being held in custody.
Information from: The Joplin (Mo.) Globe

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