- Associated Press - Thursday, November 17, 2016

NOEL, Mo. (AP) - A judge has ruled that two southwest Missouri residents will stand trial on charges accusing them of assaulting a 19-year-old Somali woman.

Michael R. Miller and Ashli M. Helmuth are accused of accosting the woman as she left a Noel park on Oct. 3.

The Joplin Globe reports (https://j.mp/2g2whEH) that a McDonald County judge on Wednesday found probable cause during a preliminary hearing to order Helmuth and Miller to stand trial on charges of first-degree assault and armed criminal action.

The Somali woman testified that Helmuth hit her and Miller shot a handgun in her general direction during the altercation at a Noel ballpark.

Lawyers for the defendants didn’t immediately return calls seeking comment.

The judge set Miller’s initial appearance for Dec. 6 and Helmuth’s initial appearance for Dec. 20.

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

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