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Seneca man waives hearing in meth trafficking case

Mar. 18—NEOSHO, Mo. — The boyfriend of a Seneca woman recently sent to prison for manslaughter stemming from a fatal traffic accident in 2021 and a separate drug trafficking conviction waived a preliminary hearing Monday on his own drug trafficking charge.

Matthew R. Beamer, 42, waived the hearing in Newton County Circuit Court on a count of first-degree trafficking in drugs.

The charge pertains to the arrest June 10 last year of Beamer, girlfriend Jessica Oliver, brother Roy Beamer and Robert J. Pennington in a police search of a residence on Peoria Street in Seneca. A little more than 90 grams of meth purportedly were seized in the search, along with about 50 coin-sized bags commonly used in the distribution of the drug, according to a probable-cause affidavit.

Oliver, 31, pleaded guilty in December to trafficking in the case as well as to involuntary manslaughter in an August 2021 traffic crash that claimed the life of Jabbar Qawishibazz Sr., 55. She was sentenced in February to 10 years in prison on the convictions.

A date for Matthew Beamer's initial appearance on the trafficking charge in a trial division had not been set by late Monday afternoon. His brother and Pennington also are charged with trafficking in the case.