Carthage man waives hearing on assault of girlfriend

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Jun. 6—A 20-year-old man has been ordered to stand trial on charges that he physically assaulted his girlfriend and threw a knife at her.

Byron M. Blasingain Jr., of Carthage, waived a preliminary hearing Thursday in Jasper County Circuit Court and was ordered to stand trial on charges of third-degree domestic assault and unlawful use of a weapon. Judge Joe Hensley set the defendant's initial appearance in a trial division of the court on July 12.

Blasingain is accused of pushing his live-in girlfriend to the floor and forcibly grabbing her wrists and not allowing her to leave their house between Dec. 9 and Dec. 11.

A probable-cause affidavit states that during that time frame, he also began cutting himself and threw a knife at her when she told him to stop. The knife bounced off a dresser and its butt end struck her in the mouth, according to the affidavit.

Jeff Lehr is a reporter for The Joplin Globe.

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