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Three charged in Joplin shooting death and home invasion

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The charges against three burglary suspects include second degree murder. 

Those suspects are 37-year-old Shawn Hency of Carthage, and 20-year-old Dakota Bates and 19-year-old Dakota Pliler, both of Joplin.

Bates and Hency have criminal records.

Authorities believe all three were involved in two home invasions in Joplin early yesterday.

Authorities say during the second home invasion, a fourth man in the group, 32-year-old Michael Dean of Oronogo was shot and killed.

Now the three survivors are charged with his death, because it occurred during the commission of a crime.

Homeowner Daniel Kuhns is recovering from the emotional trauma of being tied up during the first home invasion off Saint Charles Avenue.

His wife and young daughter were also inside the home, unharmed, but afraid.

"I feel bad for my wife," Kuhns said. "She is taking it more emotionally hard than I am."

Kuhns says when the suspects found out he had a daughter, they realized they had intruded the wrong home, and were oddly apologetic about it.

"They even tried to hug my wife in apology, not like a bear hug, but just a loose hug when you're sorry that somebody has been hurt," he said.

The suspects also offered the family money, which they did not accept.

Kuhns says his sympathy goes out to the family of the suspect killed, and for those at the second home invasion site off Fourth Street, who were forced to defend themselves.

"That would be hard to recover from," Kuhns said.

Those who know the homeowner at the second site, where the shooting death occurred, say the motive is clear.

"This incident was definitely self defense," said Renita Kitchingham, Joplin resident. "It was not anything other than self defense."

While investigators have wrapped up at the sites, residents in the area remain on guard.

As for Kuhns, he offers a message of forgiveness for those who invaded his family's home.

"We forgive you," he said. "You've been forgiven if you choose to ask for it from God, and we forgive you as well."

The previous criminal records of two of the three in custody include burglary and third degree assault.
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