Hearing Set For Suspect In Deadly Manhattan Shooting

By: Lindsey Rogers Email
By: Lindsey Rogers Email

RILEY COUNTY, Kan. (WIBW) -- A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for the man charged in a deadly drive-by shooting in Manhattan.

Daniel Parker, 26, appeared in Riley County court Thursday for a scheduling hearing.

Parker is accused of opening fire outside of a New Year’s party at a Manhattan motorcycle club.

Frederick Beverly, 21, a Kansas National Guardsman, was caught in the crossfire and killed.

On January 1, 2012 around 4 AM, officers were called to 1827 Fair Lane, just south of the intersection of Fort Riley Boulevard and South Delaware Avenue.

At that location, members of the "Assassin Street Rydaz," a Manhattan motorcycle club, were having an after-hours New Year's party at their club house.

Beverly, a member of the motorcycle club, was shot outside, receiving a fatal gunshot wound to the head. He was later pronounced dead at Mercy Regional Health Center in Manhattan.

Officials say Beverly was shot when someone inside a passing car opened fire outside of the party in a drive-by shooting. Frederick Beverly's younger brother, Isaac, told 13 News that Frederick was manning the gate at the New Year's party when the shots rang out.

Police say they identified Parker as the gunman and he was arrested several days after the deadly shooting for First Degree Murder and Criminal Discharge of a Firearm into a building.

At the time of his arrest, Parker, of Junction City, was a specialist at Fort Riley assigned to the 1st Battalion, 63rd Armor Regiment, 2nd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division.

Parker's preliminary hearing was originally scheduled in August but was pushed back due to a conflict of interest with his attorney.

Daniel Parker has been assigned a new attorney- Ron Evans- from Topeka to represent him. Evans is the head of the Death Penalty Defense Unit for the State of Kansas. Parker is not charged with capital murder but Evans will still represent him due to the conflict. Parker remains in custody at the Riley County Jail.

His preliminary hearing has been rescheduled for November 14, 2012 at 9 AM at the Riley County Courthouse.

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