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Neosho Daily News - Neosho, MO
  • Hearing reset in Bruner case

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  • JOPLIN — A preliminary hearing for a Joplin man accused in the fatal shooting of the Missouri Southern State University assistant football coach has been rescheduled.
    Jeffrey L. Bruner, 40, is slated to be back in court Jan. 9 for the proceeding. Jasper County Division V Associate Circuit Court Judge Richard D. Copeland will preside. The hearing was originally set for Nov. 27.
    Bruner is accused of killing Derek Moore outside of the Joplin Northstar 14 theater on Nov. 1. The Joplin Police Department said Bruner, who was estranged from his wife, confronted Moore and the woman outside of the theater, then shot the assistant football coach. After Moore fell to the ground, witnesses told authorities, Bruner fired several more shots into the assistant coach's body, then placed his firearm in his vehicle.
    The JPD said witnesses detained Bruner until police arrived. He was then taken into custody without further incident.
    Bruner entered a not guilty plea via a video conference on Nov. 7. He is being represented by C. Ross Rhoades, a Neosho attorney.

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