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Joplin man found guilty of murdering woman, wounding estranged wife

(AP) A Joplin man was convicted Thursday of killing a woman and seriously injuring his estranged wife in a shooting six years ago.

Stephen Thompson, 60, was found guilty of first-degree murder and three other counts in the death of Carissa Gerard and the wounding of his wife, Kristina Thompson.

Prosecutors said Thompson shot Gerard and his estranged wife at a home in west Joplin on June 10, 2015, as they tried to get away from him by climbing over a backyard fence.

The shootings came after Kristina had apparently broke up with Stephen and moved into a home with Gerard.

Defense attorneys argued that Thompson did not commit the shooting with the premeditation required for a first-degree murder conviction. They asked for a second-degree murder conviction.

Thompson was also found guilty of first-degree domestic assault and two counts of armed criminal action. His sentencing was set for Oct. 29.

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