Man Convicted Of Murder In Topeka Will Get New Trial

By: Jon Janes
By: Jon Janes
A Topeka man who killed another man outside a bar in 2008 will get a new trial.

James Arthur Qualls

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)-- A Topeka man who killed another man outside a bar in 2008 will get a new trial.

James Qualls received a life sentence with no parole for 25 years in his 2010 trial. He is convicted of killing Joseph Beier in a fight over a pool game at the Whiplash Bar. Beier was shot 11 times.

Qualls immediately appealed his premeditated murder conviction, saying the judge should have instructed the jury on a lesser charge of voluntary manslaughter. The Kansas Supreme Court Friday agreed and sent the case back to Shawnee County District Court, ordering a new trial for Qualls.


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