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Neosho Daily News - Neosho, MO
  • Teen charged in death

  • A McDonald County teen has been charged in the death of his mother’s boyfriend, following a Monday evening fight.
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  • A McDonald County teen has been charged in the death of his mother’s boyfriend, following a Monday evening fight.
    Justin Lee Bates, 17, of Sulphur Springs, Ark., was arrested at 683 Pack Road in rural Noel and charged with the death of Mark Leroy Pettry, 47.
    According to the probable cause statement, written by McDonald County Sheriff’s Deputy Brandon Barrett, Bates entered Pettry’s residence around 6:10 p.m. Monday evening.
    The altercation allegedly began when Bates showed up at the residence to pick up his younger sibling.
    According to the statement, Bates struck Pettry in the face with his right fist, allegedly causing Pettry’s death.
    “The victim was struck in the face and possibly kicked, both in the face and torso by the suspect, fell to the ground after the assault and did not recover,” the statement reads.
    Attempts by Freeman Paramedics to revive Pettry were unsuccessful.
    Following the altercation, Bates returned to the scene, at Barrett’s request and confessed to the altercation.
    However, on Wednesday, Bates pleaded not guilty to a felony charge of first-degree assault.
    An autopsy was reportedly performed on Pettry Wednesday.
    A $2,500 cash only bond has been set.

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