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Vernon County man pleads guilty to 2011 death of his wife

Updated March 8, 2013 at 2:45 PM CST:  A Vernon County man has plead guilty to second degree murder for the 2011 death of his wife.  Mark Bishop, 43, was sentenced to 17 years in prison.

Authorities say Mary Bishop died October 3, 2011.  They her husband had assaulted her two days earlier at their home.

According to court documents Mary Bishop was badly beaten, had bleeding on both sides of her brain, and her chest had been stomped on.

Deputies say neighbors reported the couple arguing all day Saturday.

One neighbor told deputies Mary Bishop asked to used her phone because Mary wanted to leave her husband.

Mark Bishop has three previous convictions for assault.

Updated October 4, 2011 at 3:30 PM CST:  A Vernon County woman who officials say was about to leave her husband dies after he allegedly assaulted her.

Prosecutors have charged Mark Bishop, 42, with first degree domestic assault but charges are expected to be upgraded.

Mary Bishop died Monday night.

According to court documents Mary Bishop was badly beaten, had bleeding on both sides of her brain, and her chest had been stomped on.

Deputies say neighbors reported the couple arguing all day Saturday.

One neighbor told deputies Mary Bishop asked to used her phone because Mary wanted to leave her husband.

Mark Bishop has three previous convictions for assault.

Reported October 3, 2011 at 12:34 PM CST:  A Southwest Missouri man is charged with first degree felony domestic assault.

Over the weekend authorities searched Mark Bishop's home in Moundville, Missouri.

On Saturday, Vernon County sheriff's deputies were dispatched for an "overdose" and found an unresponsive female with injuries consistent with those of a domestic violence victim.

The victim was transported from Nevada to Freeman Hospital in Joplin and is in critical care.

Authorities are working on subpoenas for the victim's medical records.

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