First-degree murder hearing set

By Katherine Wartell

The preliminary hearing for a Junction City man accused of first-degree murder was set for mid-November Thursday in Riley County District Court.

Daniel Parker’s preliminary hearing had been set for the end of August, but a change in counsel precipitated the later date.

Parker, 26, is accused of shooting and killing Frederick Beverly, 21, on New Year’s Day in an alleged drive-by shooting outside of the Assassin Street Rydaz clubhouse on Fair Lane. Beverly was a member of the motorcycle club and had been standing outside of the clubhouse during a New Year’s party when Parker allegedly shot him.

Police have said that the alleged drive-by followed an altercation involving Parker with other Rydaz members at an Aggieville bar.

Parker is represented by Ron Evans, chief attorney for the Kansas Death Penalty Defense Unit, though the case is not a capital case. Assistant county attorneys Barry Disney and Bethany Fields represent the state.

Parker’s preliminary hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 14, at 9 a.m.

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