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Parker murder trial delayed til August

By Katherine Wartell

The murder trial of a soldier accused of killing another man during a drive-by shooting on New Year’s Day 2012 has been continued to August following a medical emergency involving his attorney.

Though jury selection was set to begin Monday in the trial of Daniel Parker, 26, Junction City, an ambulance was called to the Riley County Courthouse for Ron Evans, Parker’s attorney, shortly before selections were to start.

Officials have not indicated the nature of the emergency, but announced Monday afternoon that the trial would be moved to the week of August 19 through August 23 due to “unforeseen circumstances.”

Parker is accused of killing Frederick Beverly, 21, a Kansas National Guardsman and member of the motorcycle club, the Assassin Street Rydaz, during a New Year’s party at the motorcycle club’s clubhouse on Fair Lane on Jan. 1, 2012.

Beverly was killed from a gunshot wound to the forehead while he was manning the door to the clubhouse.

During Parker’s preliminary hearing, prosecutors said that Parker and other members of the Assassin Street Rydaz fought in an Aggieville bar prior to the shooting, and a detective testified that a rifle found in Parker’s apartment matched shell casings found at the scene of the shooting. But Evans told the court that there was no connection between the fight and the shooting.

Parker pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and criminal discharge of a firearm in November.

Parker was a specialist in the U.S. Army. He has served two one-year tours in Iraq.

Evans is the chief attorney for the Kansas Death Penalty Defense Unit, though the case is not a capital case.

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