Man convicted in stabbing incident

By Nicole Cooke -


A Sedalia man was found guilty Wednesday of stabbing a victim in August 2015.

According to information from Pettis County Prosecuting Attorney Phillip Sawyer, Jamar Markeise Staten, 20, of the 3000 block of Jerome Drive, was convicted of first degree assault and armed criminal action at the conclusion of a two-day jury trial at the Pettis County Courthouse.

Staten was arrested Aug. 7, 2015, after he allegedly stabbed a male victim in the 1400 block of East 13th Street.

According to court documents, Staten and another male subject arrived at the residence around 2 a.m. Aug. 2 to find the subject’s girlfriend at a party. The male subject was yelling at the woman to come home and was yelling at a female resident of the home. The female resident’s husband then came outside and told Staten and the male subject to leave, leading to a “heated argument.”

Staten and the male subject left the area, but returned about 20 minutes later. One witness told Sedalia Police Department detectives the heated argument continued and she saw Staten lunge at the victim and stab him in the stomach. The pair then left the scene.

Another witness interviewed by detectives also identified Staten as the suspect who stabbed the victim.

The male subject told detectives he didn’t know the victim was stabbed until his girlfriend told him the next day. Both the male subject and Staten told detectives they thought the victim had a gun. It “looked like (the victim) was going to end it for (me) and (the male subject),” Staten said.

According to the SPD arrest report, the victim was taken to Bothwell Regional Health Center and then University of Missouri Hospital in Columbia.

The jury recommended sentences of 22 years for the assault charge and 20 years for the armed criminal action charge. Staten will be formally sentenced by Judge Robert Koffman at 10 a.m. Friday, July 8. Staten will remain at the Pettis County Jail until he is sentenced.


By Nicole Cooke

Nicole Cooke can be reached at 660-530-0138 or @NicoleRCooke.

Nicole Cooke can be reached at 660-530-0138 or @NicoleRCooke.

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