A southwest Missouri man is charged after a man died about two weeks after being beaten with a baseball bat.

McDonald County Prosecutor Bill Dobbs charged 56-year-old Clarence Anderson, of Seneca, on Wednesday with second-degree murder and armed criminal action in the death of 34-year-old Joshua Collier of Neosho.

The Joplin Globe reports Anderson’s girlfriend, 55-year-old Kathy Kay, is charged with hindering prosecution.

Dobbs said Collier was beaten when he argued with Anderson on April 19. Prosecutors say Dobbs left an injured Collier in an outbuilding overnight and the next day Kay and two others took Collier to his home in Neosho and left him there.

He was eventually found critically injured and died April 30 at a Joplin hospital.

No attorneys are listed for Anderson or Kay in online court records.

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