Burleson pleads not guilty to murder, weapons charges

JASPER COUNTY, Mo. — A Jasper County murder suspect made his first court appearance, Monday.

Scott Burleson, 30, of Wyandotte, was arrested last Thursday near Seneca after evading officers for three weeks.

He pleaded not guilty Monday to second degree murder and weapons charges for the stabbing death of 36-year-old Seth Langford, 36, Seneca. Langford died on March 2, at a mobile home on the western edge of Joplin.

Seth Langford
Seth Langford
Scott Burleson
Scott Burleson
Paul Phillips
Paul Phillips

Burleson is being held without bond in the Jasper County Jail. A bond reduction hearing is scheduled for later this week. He told court officials he would hire his own attorney rather than be appointed a public defender.

Another man charged in the case is Paul Phillips, Jr., of Seneca. He was captured just days after Langford’s death.

Phillips has pleaded not guilty to first degree robbery charges, as well as gun related charges. He is also scheduled to be back in court this week for a bond reduction hearing.

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