FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sept. 1, 2021
Springfield Police Now Investigating Walnut Lawn St. Assault as a Homicide
On Aug. 31, 2021, the victim from an Aug. 25th assault, identified as 74-year-old Larry E. Woods from Springfield, MO, died from his injuries in a local hospital. Notifications have been made to Mr. Woods’ family.
On Aug. 25, 2021, at approximately 4:20 a.m., the Springfield Police Department was dispatched to the Cedar Knoll Apartment Complex at 500 W. Walnut Lawn St. in response to a 911 caller stating a person had been assaulted. When officers arrived, they located Mr. Woods with multiple injuries. He was transported to a local hospital for treatment.
During their investigation, the Springfield Police Department’s Violent Crimes Unit identified Jacob DeJong, a 23-year-old male from Springfield, MO, as a suspect. On Aug. 31, 2021, detectives arrested DeJong and booked him into the Greene County Jail.
The case was presented to the Greene County Prosecutor’s Office and on Sept. 1, 2021, DeJong was charged with 2nd Degree Murder with bond set at $250,000.
The Greene County Prosecutor’s Office cautions that the charges contained in the felony complaint are merely allegations and that the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in court.
Detectives continue to investigate and are asking anyone who has information about this incident to contact the Springfield Police Department at 417-864-1810 or make an anonymous call to Crime Stoppers at 417-869-TIPS (8477).
This incident marks the 17th homicide for 2021.
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Case number: 21-30085
Media Contact: PAO Jasmine Bailey
Release authorized by Lt. Bryan Welch