- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 15, 2014

NEOSHO, Mo. (AP) - The Newton County prosecutor has dropped a charge accusing a rural Joplin man of dumping the corpse of a man who died from a drug overdose.

The charge was dropped Tuesday, the day 28-year-old Jared Prier was scheduled for a preliminary hearing in Newton County. Prosecutor Jake Skouby said he didn’t have enough evidence to charge Prier.

Prier and 24-year-old Chelsie Berry, of Carl Junction, were charged with disposing of the body of 30-year-old Dennis in August in northern Newton County after first posing with his corpse and posting pictures on Facebook.

The Joplin Globe reports (https://bit.ly/1seTSSn ) Skouby says Berry confessed and that can be used as evidence against her for prosecution but Prier did not confess and Berry refused to testify against him.

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Information from: The Joplin (Mo.) Globe, https://www.joplinglobe.com

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