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Major Crimes


The attorneys in the Major Crimes Unit have substantial experience in prosecuting the most dangerous offenders. This unit prosecutes homicides, serious assaults, vehicular assaults, dangerous and career criminals, home invasions, robberies, and dangerous drug offenses. The Major Crimes Unit attorneys are:



Philip Fuhrman - Major Crimes - First Assistant Prosecuting Attorney

Philip joined the Greene County Prosecutor's Office in August of 2009. He received his undergraduate degree from William Jewell College, majoring in Political Science. Philip received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Law in 2009. Philip first worked for the Greene County Prosecutor's Office as a Rule 13 intern during the summer of 2008. Upon graduation, he returned to our office first working as a prosecutor in the General Crimes Unit and then in the Person's Unit. In 2012, he was promoted to Senior Assistant in the General Crimes Unit where he focused on prosecuting felony crimes and assisting in training our new prosecutors. In 2013, Philip was assigned to the Major Crime Unit. Philip specializes in handling involuntary manslaughter cases in which the defendant was driving under the influence of alcohol or was otherwise reckless. 


Cindy Kensinger - Secretary


Bruce Waterman - Investigator


Wyatt Dameron - Major Crimes - Assistant Prosecuting Attorney

Wyatt joined the Prosecutor's Office in October of 2014 after being in private practice for three years. He is a Springfield native. Wyatt received his Bachelor's degree in political science with magna cum laude departmental honors from the University of New Mexico. He graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law in 2006, where he participated in the Criminal Prosecution Clinic and studied comparative criminal justice at the University of Western Cape in Cape Town, South Africa. Following law school, Wyatt completed coursework in international relations at the University of Chicago, before working at a local business.


Joshua Harrel - Senior Assistant Prosecuting Attorney


Zachary McFarland - Major Crimes - Senior Assistant Prosecuting Attorney

Zack graduated Summa Cum Laude in the Honors College from Southwest Missouri State University (now Missouri State University), double majoring in Criminology and Sociology. He received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law in May 2008. Zack joined the Warrant Unit in the Greene County Prosecutor's Office in November of 2012, reviewing felony and misdemeanor cases submitted by law enforcement, preparing investigative subpoenas, and reviewing search warrant applications. In 2013, he moved to the General Crimes Unit where he focused on prosecuting driving while intoxicated offenses, minors in possession of alcohol, domestic violence, and Missouri Department of Revenue administrative license refusal hearings. In 2015, Zack was assigned to represent the Prosecutor’s Office in the Greene County Drug and Intensive Supervision Treatment Courts. Also in 2015, Zack was promoted to Senior Assistant in the Major Crimes Unit and assigned to handle a drug distribution, manufacturing, and trafficking caseload.


Emily Shook - Major Crimes - Senior Assistant Prosecuting Attorney

Emily first joined the Greene County Prosecutor’s Office in August of 2007. In 2012, she left to work in private civil practice, where she defended municipalities and government officials in federal civil litigation. In August of 2015, she returned to the Greene County Prosecutor’s Office. She received her undergraduate degree from Drury University, majoring in Public Relations and Advertising. Emily received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Prior to becoming a licensed attorney, Emily worked in our office as a Rule 13 intern and also with the Missouri Attorney General’s Office. Upon her return to our office after graduation, she began in the General Crimes Unit, where she focused on traffic prosecution and bad checks. She was then assigned to the Warrants Unit, and later to the Persons Unit. While in Persons, she prosecuted domestic assault cases and vehicular crimes resulting in physical injury to victims. In 2010, Emily moved to the Major Crimes Unit, where she prosecuted robbery and assault cases, as well as serious vehicular crimes. At present, Emily prosecutes robberies, assaults, homicides, and serious vehicular matters. She also has a special assignment working with the Prosecuting Attorney on measures designed to address overcrowding at the Greene County Jail.


Joseph Wright - Major Crimes - Senior Assistant Prosecutor Attorney

Joe joined the Greene County Prosecutor's Office in January of 2014. He graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from the University of Oklahoma in 2007. He received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Missouri School of Law in 2011. While in law school, Joe served as the Mediation Director on the Board of Advocates. He also completed internships with the St. Louis Circuit Attorney's Office and the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Eastern District of Missouri. After law school, Joe served as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in Callaway County, Missouri from 2012 to 2014. While there he handled traffic, white collar and property offenses. Joe was promoted to Senior Assistant in May of 2014, and now handles felony property, white collar and weapons offenses. In February of 2016 Joe was promoted to the Major Crimes Unit and assigned to handle assaults, robberies, and arson cases.