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Joplin man convicted of murdering his roommate gets life sentence

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JOPLIN, MISSOURI -

Updated April 12, 2013 at 12:25 PM CST:  A Joplin man convicted with the murder of his roommate has been sentenced to life in prison without eligibility for probation or parole.

Authorities say William Laramore got into an argument with Sean French at a Joplin home.  Police say Laramore threw a coffee table on French, and continued to assault him by punching and by stomping on him.

An autopsy shows French died of blunt force trauma to the head.

Another man was also injured and Laramore was convicted in assault for that as well.

Updated January 31, 2013 at 4:20 PM CST:  A jury has convicted a Joplin man with the murder of his roommate.

William Laramore had been charged with the murder of Sean French, his roommate, by repeatedly striking him.

Authorities say Laramore beat French to death at a home on West A Street in Joplin.

An autopsy shows French died of blunt force trauma to the head.

The jury also convicted Laramore with the first degree assault of another man injured during the incident.

Updated January 27, 2013: A murder suspects request to defend himself in court is denied.

The trial for 46 year old William Laramore will take place Wednesday in Jasper County Court. Laramore had requested to represent himself, but Judge David mouton ruled against it based on Laramore's educational and legal background finding him to be a persistent offender.

Laramore is charged in a fatal attack of Sean French in November of 2010.

Updated April 1, 2011 at 4:20 PM CST:  The arraignment was held today for a Joplin man charged with murdering his roommate following an argument.

William Laramore is charged with killing Sean French.  Laramore has pled not guilty to first degree murder and first degree assault.

In Jasper County Circuit Court the trial for Laramore was scheduled for January 2012.

Updated March 2, 2011 at 10:47 PM CST:  A Joplin man accused of murdering his roommate waives his preliminary hearing.

William Laramore, is charged with killing 46 year old Sean French.  Police say there was an argument and Laramore threw a coffee table on French, and continued to assault him by punching and by stomping on him.

Another man was also injured and Laramore is charged with one count of first degree assault.

Updated November 18, 2010 12:40 PM CST:  William Laramore appeared via a video feed before Jasper County Judge Richard Copeland Thursday morning on a charge of first degree murder and first degree assault.

Laramore plead not guilty to both charges.

Laramore is accused of beating to death Sean French, age 46, at a home on West A Street in Joplin.

An autopsy shows French died of blunt force trauma to the head.

Authorities say another man, Steve Shockley, was also badly beaten.

Police say Shockley tried to stop the attack on French.

Laramore is scheduled to be back in court next month.

Updated November 16, 2010 04:00 PM CST:  William Laramore of Joplin is scheduled to appear in court on Thursday for his arraignment.

Laramore is charged in the first degree murder of Sean French, and the first degree assault of Steve Shockley.

Updated November 16, 2010 03:50 PM CST:  Sean C. French, age 46, died as a result of blunt force trauma to the head according to preliminary autopsy results.

The autopsy was conducted this afternoon in Columbia, Missouri.

Hospital officials say the second victim in the Sunday evening attack, Steve Shockley, is in stable condition and has been moved out of the Intensive Care Unit.

Updated November 15, 2010 05:00 PM CST:  Court documents say William Laramore attacked Sean French, and threw a coffee table at him.  After French was on the ground, Laramore stomped on him and continued beating him with his fists.  That is when authorities say Steve Shockley tried to stop the attack.  Shockley was also injured and rushed to a nearby hospital.

French died later from injuries received in the attack.

Shockley is recovering at a nearby hospital.

No word on what started the incident.

Police say there is no reason to suspect anyone else was involved in the case.

"Initially, it looks like all of these people were all acquainted with each other so there's no outside type of crime involved to it," says Corporal Chuck Niess.

This is not Laramore's first arrest.  In February 2004, he was charged with first degree domestic assault.  Court records revealed that Laramore sexually assaulted a woman repeatedly after tying her to a bed.

Joplin police say it has been more than two years since the last murder in Joplin.  The last homicide in the city was on September 2, 2008.

"Murders are not something that you can plan for," says Corporal Niess.  "It occurs a lot of times spontaneously - one to two to three times a year - it just kind of depends."

Updated November 15, 2010 4:25 PM CST:  The murder victim has been identified as Sean C. French, age 46, of Joplin, Missouri.

Updated November 15, 2010 3:55 PM CST:  Charges have now been filed against William Laramore, age 44, of Joplin, Missouri.  Laramore is charged with first degree murder and first degree assault.

Laramore's bond has been set at $110,000.

Originally reported November 15, 2010 11:45 AM CST

The Joplin Police say charges are pending against a man believed to be responsible for a murder and an assault over the weekend.

Police were called to a possible assault in the 800 block of west A Street in Joplin near midnight on November 14 when officers found two assault victims.

One male individual was later pronounced dead as a result of his injuries after being transported to a local hospital.  His name is being withheld pending next of kin notification.

The second victim, Steve Shockley, age 48, also received serious injuries and is being treated at a local hospital.

KOAM and Fox 14 will not release the name of the suspect until official charges have been filed.

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