Trial Begins For Man Charged In Deadly Manhattan New Year's Shooting

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RILEY COUNTY, Kan. (WIBW) -- A jury has been selected in the trial for the soldier accused of opening fire outside of a party in Manhattan, killing a Kansas National Guardsman. Testimony will get underway Tuesday.

Five days have been blocked off for Daniel Parker's trial in Riley County District Court. The trial was slated to start back in June but the proceedings were delayed when Parker's attorney got sick.

Parker has pleaded not guilty to first degree murder in the death of Frederick Beverly, 21, who was shot and killed on New Year’s Day outside of a party at his motorcycle club. Beverly was a member of the Kansas National Guard.

Parker and Beverly were reportedly out in Aggieville earlier in the night on New Year's Eve with their respective friends when an altercation broke out between the two parties and words were exchanged. No one was injured and the friends that were there that night with the two men said they didn’t think much of the encounter.

Parker's friends testified that he left the bar in Aggieville around 1 AM with his wife. The shooting occurred several hours later after Beverly and members of his motorcycle club had made their way to their clubhouse in Manhattan.

Around 4 AM (on January 1, 2012), officers were called to 1827 Fair Lane, just south of the intersection of Fort Riley Boulevard and South Delaware Avenue where the "Assassin Street Rydaz," Beverly’s motorcycle club, were having an after-hours New Year's party.

Beverly was shot outside as he was manning the gate and received a fatal gunshot wound to his forehead.

Police say they identified Parker as the gunman and he was arrested several days after the deadly shooting.

At the time of his arrest, Daniel Parker was a specialist at Fort Riley assigned to the 1st Battalion, 63rd Armor Regiment, 2nd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division at Fort Riley. Officials say he is still an active duty Army soldier.

Police said that during a search of Parker’s Junction City apartment after the deadly shooting, officers found a semi-automatic rifle in his closet along with ammunition. The KBI confirmed that a spent shell casing found at the crime scene was fired from Parker’s gun.

Investigators also testified during Parker's preliminary hearing on November 14, 2012 that his cell phone records placed him in Manhattan at the time of the shooting and they were able to trace him as he made his way back home to Junction City afterwards where he was captured on surveillance buying cigars and pizza at a convenience store near his apartment after the deadly incident.

Prosecutors have security footage from a storage facility located near the clubhouse. Officials said it showed Parker’s Chevy Impala make its way up and down the street where Beverly was manning the gate, passing several feet from where he was standing. The car stopped and gunfire erupted and then it pulled away.

According to police, 20 bullet holes were found in a nearby building and two were found in a parked car. Beverly, they said, was struck by a ricochet or fragmented bullet, “shattering” his forehead. The bullets were described in court as "armor piercing rounds."

The defense says there was no connection between the incident at the bar and the shooting.

Court administrators said Monday afternoon that a jury had been selected and dismissed for the day. Opening statements will begin Tuesday morning followed by testimony.

Judge David Stutzman has denied WIBW camera access to the trial.

The suspect, Daniel Parker
The victim, Frederick Beverly