Not guilty plea entered for murder suspect

By Corene Brisendine

A Junction City man stood silent Monday morning during his arraignment hearing on charges of first-degree murder and criminal discharge of a firearm.

Daniel Parker, 26, of Junction City, is accused of murdering Frederick Beverly, 21, a Kansas National Guardsman and member of the motorcycle club Assassin Street Rydaz.

Beverly died from a gunshot wound to the forehead after shots were fired outside of the motorcycle club’s clubhouse during a New Year’s after party. Beverly was hit while he was manning the door to the clubhouse.

Judge David Stutzman entered a plea of not guilty after Parker failed to respond to the judge’s plea inquiry. Parker’s attorney also filed a motion to waive the 90-day statue for a speedy trial, saying he would need more time to put together a proper defense for Parker.

Stutzman questioned Parker to make sure he was waiving his right to a speedy trial voluntarily. Parker’s reply to the judges questions were “yes, sir.” Stutzman granted the motion and set the tentative dates for trial and pre-trial motions.

Both sides have until March 1 to file any pre-trial motions with those motions being considered on March 19 at 9 a.m. The trial has been set for April 8-12.

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