A man charged in the beating death of a Carthage man accepted a plea deal shortly before jury selection was to begin for his trial.

A man charged in the beating death of a Carthage man accepted a plea deal shortly before jury selection was to begin for his trial.

The Associated Press reported that 32-year-old Ronald G. Inman of Webb City pleaded guilty Tuesday to voluntary manslaughter as a prior and persistent offender in the 2011 death 43-year-old Travis Weaver. Inman had been charged with second-degree murder.

Jasper County Circuit Court Judge David Dally ordered a sentencing assessment to be completed by Sept. 9. Inman will be sentenced Sept. 23.

Prosecutors say Weaver died of blunt-force trauma to his head suffered during a dispute with Inman at a home east of Joplin.

Inman claimed he hit Weaver in self-defense as Weaver came at him with a knife. But a detective testified at an earlier hearing that no knife was found and blood evidence suggested Weaver was hit while he sat in a chair.