Date Set For Retrial In 2008 Topeka Murder

By: WIBW (Posted by Melissa Brunner)
By: WIBW (Posted by Melissa Brunner)
James Qualls

James Qualls

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - A new trial is set for the Topeka man convicted of killing another man outside a local bar in 2008.

James Qualls will face a jury July 15th.

He was convicted of second degree intentional murder for the death of Joseph Beier in a fight at the Whiplash Bar. Beier was shot 11 times.

Qualls received a life sentence with no parole for 25 years.

In April, the Kansas Supreme Court agreed with Qualls' appeal that jurors should have been instructed on the lesser charge of voluntary manslaughter. The case was sent back to Shawnee County District Court for a new trial.

Qualls remains jailed on a $750,000 bond.

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