Guilty. Thursday afternoon (3/26), a Jasper County jury found Jeffrey Bruner guilty of first degree murder and armed criminal action in the death of Missouri Southern assistant football coach Derek Moore in November 2013. Jasper County Prosecutor Dean Dankelson tells News Talk KZRG about the verdict.
"The jury was out just less than three hours, but returned its verdict of murder in the first degree and armed criminal action. Murder in the first degree carries a mandatory penalty of life in prison without the possibility of probation or parole."
The jury also recommended Bruner serve a five year sentence on his armed criminal action charge. The 41-year-old Springfield man shot Moore when Moore went to a movie with Bruner's estranged wife.
If you're wondering why this wasn't a death penalty case, Dankelson explains Missouri law has 17 circumstances where the death penalty would apply--and none of them fit in Bruner's case. "Things such as: the victim was a police officer, or more than one victim was killed or the defendant had a serious assaultive criminal past. None of those existed in this case."
Bruner will be sentenced May18th.
MoDOT broke ground on a new interchange at I-44/I-49 and Prigmore road in Joplin which will give motorists direct access from the interstate to the Crossroads Industrial Park. MoDOT Distric Engineer Becky Baltz gives News Talk KZRG the specifics on the "Dog Bone" design.
"At each end of the bridge, we'll have a roundabout. It's the perfect design for this location