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Jury selection set for murder case

Also, court considers re-trial of professor charged with rape

By Rose Schneider

Rose Schneider

Jury selection will begin June 24 in the first-degree murder trial of Daniel Parker, who is charged with killing Frederick Beverly on New Year’s Eve 2012.

Parker, a Fort Riley soldier who was 25 at the time, is charged with the drive-by shooting death of Beverly outside the Assassin Street Rydaz motorcycle clubhouse, 1827 Fair Lane. Prosecutors believe the shooting followed an argument between Parker and members of the Rydaz earlier in the night at a bar in Aggieville.

Beverly, 21, was acting as a guard and lookout at the clubhouse.

The June 24 date was set during a pre-trial hearing held Monday.

The hearing was one of two held that afternoon concerning higher-profile cases. Also Monday, prosecutors and defense attorneys agreed to continue consideration of a possible re-trial of William Yankey, a KSU architecture professor charged with rape.

Yankey’s recent trial on that charge ended in a mis-trial after jurors failed to reach agreement on a verdict following several hours of deliberation.

The next hearing for Yankey was also set for June 24.

The allegation against Yankey is that he digitally penetrated and groped a 27-year-old female’s breasts in December 2007 after a night of drinking in Aggieville.

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