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Joplin Murder Suspect Appears in Court

A 19-year old who allegedly plotted the murder of his girlfriend's ex-boyfriend appeared in a Smith County courtroom Wednesday morning.

Shawn Willhelm's is scheduled to go on trial for the murder of 36-year old Jeffrey Joplin in late March. But since lab results for the case are still pending, the trial could be pushed back as late as April or May. Willhelm and four others were arrested for Joplin's murder last summer. Willhelm's girlfriend Heather Mizer is also facing capital murder charges.

For now, the official start date in Willhelm's trial is March 27.

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