Man pleads not guilty in 1984 Joplin homicide

JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) — A man who was a fugitive for almost 30 years pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the 1984 death of a Joplin woman.

Sixty-five-year-old Paul A. Moses entered the plea Thursday during a video arraignment in Jasper County Circuit Court. He is charged with killing 62-year-old Frances Ramsey in a duplex near her home.

Moses was captured in August in San Diego, where he was found after he applied for Social Security benefits.

The Joplin Globe reports (http://bit.ly/KmMyTA ) that after his extradition in December, Jasper County prosecutors filed a new count of forcible rape against Moses. He pleaded not guilty to that charge Monday.

Investigators say Moses was seen leaving a bar with Ramsey the night before her death but police could not find him for questioning.

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Information from: The Joplin (Mo.) Globe, http://www.joplinglobe.com