A date has been set for the third capital murder trial of Gary Black, who twice has been sentenced to death for stabbing a man to death in Joplin. By the time the trial starts August 2nd, almsot 12 years have elapsed since the death of Jason Johnson.
Black is charged with stabbing Johnson to death as Johnson sat in his pickup truck at a Joplin stoplight. Testimony at the two earlier trials indicated Johnson had brushed against Black’s girlfriend at a convenience store but had apologized.
Black’s previous convictions have been reversed on appeals. More on this story from the Joplin Globe.