Springfield Police investigate August assault as a homicide, suspect charged

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo.- The Springfield Police Department is saying that an assault that occurred on August 25 has now turned in to a homicide investigation.

Police say the victim of the assault, 74-year-old Larry Woods, died from his injuries on Tuesday.

On August 25, around 4 a.m., officers responded 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 found Woods with multiple injuries.

Police identified the suspect as 23-year-old Jacob DeJong. DeJong has been charged with second-degree murder after being arrested on Tuesday.

This marks the 17th homicide for SPD in 2021.

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