Qualls Convicted On More Serious Charge

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- After convincing the Kansas Supreme Court to throw out his 2nd degree murder conviction and order a new trial, a Topeka man has been convicted on a more serious charge.

On Monday, a Shawnee Co. jury found James Arthur Qualls guilty of 1st degree murder in the death of Joseph "Joe Bob" Beier six years ago, according to Shawnee Co. District Attorney Chad Taylor.

Beier was shot and killed outside the Whiplash Bar at SE 21st and California in July 2008.

Following Qualls' first conviction, the Kansas Supreme Court ordered a new trial in the case. Justices agreed with Qualls' appeal that jurors should have been instructed on the lesser charge of voluntary manslaughter.

Qualls is scheduled to be sentenced on July 23, 2014.

Posted by: Nick Viviani