JOPLIN, MO.--- Guilty, that's the verdict sent down just minutes ago by a jury in the case against Daniel Hartman. Around 5:45 this evening, a jury convicted Hartman of first degree murder, first degree burglary and armed criminal action. Hartman is convicted in the 2012 shooting death of Jacob Wages, 23, of Joplin. The jury started deliberating the case around 3:30 this afternoon. It took them just over two hours to return with the unanimous guilty verdict.
Earlier today, the prosecution wrapped up its case and the defense took, putting just two witnesses on the stand. Hartman did not testify in his own defense. There were a total of five suspects charged in the burglary and murder. Two of Hartman's co-defendants testified against him yesterday. Hartman's sentence is still to be decided.
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