Witnesses take stand in Parker murder trial

By Bethany Knipp

An Aggieville altercation preceded the fatal shooting of a member of a motorcycle gang here on New Year’s Day 2012, witnesses said Tuesday.

Two witnesses in the trial of Daniel Parker, 26, of Junction City, testified about the altercation in the hours preceding the shooting of Frederick Beverly, 21, outside the Assassin Street Rydaz clubhouse on fair Lane that morning. Beverly was fatally shot as he stood guard at a party being held by the club. Parker is being tried before Judge David Stutzman on charges of first degree murder and criminal discharge of a firearm in an occupied dwelling.

Witnesses Brandon Koberna, 28, and Beverly’s former girlfriend, Kimberly Arps, both testified to what was described as a nonphysical altercation between Parker and members of the motorcycle club at the bar then known as Last Chance Saloon in Aggieville. Koberna identified Parker as having been involved in the altercation. 

Arps told the court she heard a white male curse the motorcycle club. She said that although the altercation was not physically violent, the tension had to be broken a couple of times.

Koberna said the club members left together right after the incident to go to the former car wash on Fair Lane right off of Fort Riley Boulevard where the group, which was for riders who were military members, had established a clubhouse.

Around 4 that New Year’s morning, Koberna and other members of the club rushed outside after hearing gunshots and found Beverly on the ground. Koberna said he and another club member moved Beverly’s body and performed CPR after checking nearly nonexistent vital signs.

Parker was a specialist in the United States Army. Beverly was a member of the Kansas National Guard.

Dr. Altaf Hossain, the physician who performed the autopsy on Beverly, testified that the victim was hit from an angle with a bullet, not directly.

In his opening statement, prosecuting attorney Barry Disney said Parker drove by the clubhouse and fired an M4 rifle 20 times. Disney said the state would prove that one of the bullets ricocheted off of a fence and hit Beverly in the middle of his forehead, killing him. 

Disney said after a search of Parker’s apartment, police found an M4 rifle and shell casing that matched a casing left of the ground at the scene.

Parker’s attorney, Ron Evans, didn’t give opening statements.

The trial is scheduled to last through Friday, Aug. 23.

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