RILEY COUNTY, Kan. (WIBW) -- The case of a Manhattan murder suspect charged in a deadly drive-by shooting is moving forward in court.
During a hearing Friday in Riley County District Court, Daniel Parker was declared competent to stand trial.
Parker is accused of opening fire outside of a New Year’s party at a Manhattan motorcycle club.
Frederick Beverly, 21, a Kansas National Guardsman, was caught in the crossfire and was killed.
At the time of his arrest, Parker, of Junction City, was a specialist at Fort Riley assigned to the 1st Battalion, 63rd Armor Regiment, 2nd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division.
Prosecutors say Parker was evaluated at Larned State Hospital. According to Assistant Riley County Attorney Barry Disney, mental competency evaluations are routine in high profile cases to make sure the defendant is able to understand the proceedings and work with his attorney to prepare for trial.
On January 1, 2012 around 4 AM, officers were called to 1827 Fair Lane, 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.
Frederick Charles Beverly, 21, a member 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 in Manhattan.
Officials say Beverly was shot when someone inside a passing car opened fire outside of the party in 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.
Police say they identified Parker as the gunman and he was arrested several days after the deadly shooting for First Degree Murder and Criminal Discharge of a Firearm into a building.
As for what sparked the deadly shooting, Captain Jeff Hooper, who oversees the Riley County Police Department's Criminal 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 that there's no indication that Parker specifically targeted Beverly during the shooting.
A preliminary hearing for Daniel Parker has been set for August 29th at 9 AM at the Riley County Courthouse. He remains in custody at the Riley County Jail.