A Junction City man accused of a deadly shooting on New Year’s Day was bound over for trial Wednesday for first-degree murder and criminal discharge of a firearm.
Daniel Parker, 26, is charged with the murder of 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.
Magistrate Judge Sheila Hochhauser found probable cause Wednesday for both felony first-degree murder and premeditated first degree murder as well as criminal discharge of a firearm.
Parker was originally charged with first-degree felony murder for allegedly killing Beverly in commission of an inherently dangerous felony, that being the criminal discharge of a firearm.
In the months following his arrest, the state added the charge of pre-meditated first-degree murder, giving the court the option to charge Parker with intentionally killing Beverly.
Both charges carry life sentences, but parole for first-degree felony murder is 20 years, while parole for pre-meditated first-degree murder is 25 years.
Judge Hochhauser’s ruling followed the testimony of seven witnesses, including two police officers who worked the case, and five acquaintances of Parker and Beverly. The state also played part of a surveillance video belonging to a nearby business that detectives said showed Parker’s Chevrolet Impala being driven near the clubhouse, with shots being fired before the car was driven away. Detectives said 20 bullet holes were found in a nearby building.
The shooting occurred at approximately 4 a.m., and in court Wednesday afternoon, former Riley County Detective Ryan Runyan testified that cell-phone records placed Parker in Manhattan around that time.
A man who claimed to be a witness to the shooting also testified, saying he dropped down after hearing gunshots but saw the car and a white, male driver inside. The man, who is confined in Geary County on a parole violation, told the court that the driver yelled out, “I got you now,” followed by a racial slur. But Parker’s attorney, Ron Evans, argued that the man was only telling the story in order to get a deal in relation to his parole violation.
Earlier in Parker’s preliminary hearing, Riley County Detective Steve Gregoire testified that a 5.56-millimeter shell casing found outside the clubhouse matched a 5.56-caliber rifle found in the bedroom closet of Parker’s Junction City apartment.
Several friends and acquaintances of Parker and Beverly testified that the shooting reportedly followed a fight that took place in Aggieville between Parker and members of the Assassin Street Rydaz a little before 1 a.m. on New Year’s Day..
Riley County officers arrested Parker in the week following Beverly’s death.
On Wednesday, Evans asked the court to dismiss the charges, saying there was no connection between the fight and the shooting.
Parker’s arraignment is set for Monday, Nov. 26 at 9 a.m. at the Riley County Courthouse.