Seligman man going to trial

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

32-year-old's jury trial to be held on Sept. 14 in Barry County

A Seligman man accused of second-degree murder will see his case go to a jury trial later this year.

Brian Sharp, 32, of Seligman, is facing charges of second-degree murder, leaving the scene of a fatal motor vehicle accident and driving with a revoked or suspended license, second or subsequent offense.

He will have a pre-trial on Aug. 15 and a jury trial on Sept. 14, both at 9 a.m. and in the courtroom of Judge Jack Aaron Louis Goodman in Barry County.

Sharp has been held in the Barry County jail since turning himself in to authorities on Aug. 7, 2014. His bond is set at $100,000.

Sharp's charges stem from an Aug. 3, 2014, incident on Highway 90, where he was allegedly driving a vehicle that crashed, killing a passenger.

According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol Report, Sharp was driving a 1979 Chevrolet Corvette on Highway 90, two miles west of Washburn, when the vehicle ran off the roadway, struck a culvert and overturned.

The passenger in the vehicle, Kenneth Patterson, 48, of Seligman, was pronounced dead at the scene by Barry County Deputy Coroner Charles McManus.

According to a probable cause statement filed by Cpl. Kenneth Sanders, of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Sharp was not with the vehicle when law enforcement arrived at the wreck.

The statement alleges there were cold beer cans scattered around the Corvette, and a witness informed Sanders a man fled the vehicle and ran into the woods. Upon checking the registration of the vehicle, Sanders found it belonged to June Sharp, of Seligman. She told Sanders she did not know where her son, Brian Sharp, was at the time, saying she had not seen him for two days.

Sharp was originally being represented by Attorney Anna Wilhelmina Johnson, but in November, switched his representation to Attorney Darwin Eugene Groomer.

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