Hearing Continued For Manhattan Murder Suspect

By: Lindsey Rogers Email
By: Lindsey Rogers Email
The suspect, SPC Daniel Parker, appearing in court Friday by video conference from the Riley County Jail

The suspect, SPC Daniel Parker, appearing in court Friday by video conference from the Riley County Jail

RILEY COUNTY, Kan. (WIBW) -- A hearing for a Fort Riley soldier charged in a deadly shooting in Manhattan was continued Wednesday in Riley County Magistrate Court.

Specialist Daniel Patrick Parker, 25, of Junction City, was arrested on Wednesday, January 4, 2012, and charged with First Degree Murder and Criminal Discharge of a Firearm into a building in connection with the death of a Kansas National Guardsman.

Parker is accused of opening fire outside of a New Year's party, killing Frederick Charles Beverly, 21. Daniel Parker is a Fort Riley soldier, assigned to the 2nd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 163 Armour, 1st Infantry Division.

Officers were called to 1827 Fair Lane around 4 AM New Year's Day, 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, who was part 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.

Officials say Beverly was shot during 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.

Beverly was a specialist with the Kansas National Guard.

As for what sparked the deadly shooting, Captain Jeff Hooper, who oversees the Riley County Police Department's Investigations Division, says Daniel Parker had a confrontation with several members of the "Rydaz" motorcycle club earlier in the night at a Manhattan bar. Hooper says Frederick Beverly was there when the altercation occurred but tells WIBW, there's no indication that Parker specifically targeted Beverly in the drive-by shooting.

Daniel Parker is being held in the Riley County Jail. He'll appear in court again for a status hearing on June 13, 2012 at 9 AM.

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