- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 1, 2014

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - A Topeka man whose first conviction was overturned by the Kansas Supreme Court has been found guilty again in a death after a barroom fight.

A Shawnee County District Court jury on Monday convicted 29-year-old James Arthur Qualls III of premeditated first-degree murder in the July 2008 death of Joseph Beier. Qualls will be sentenced July 23.

Beier was shot 12 times in a confrontation at the Whiplash Bar. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports (https://bit.ly/1lNEs5N ) Qualls testified that he shot Beier in self-defense.

Qualls was first convicted in 2010 and sentenced to life in prison with a mandatory minimum term of 25 years. But the Kansas Supreme Court ordered a new trial after finding that the judge in the first trial gave improper jury instructions.


Information from: The Topeka (Kan.) Capital-Journal, https://www.cjonline.com

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