- Associated Press - Thursday, March 2, 2017

HILL CITY, Kan. (AP) - A Kansas man has pleaded guilty midway through his trial to killing a man in a western Kansas park and shooting at pursuing law enforcement officers.

The Salina Journal (https://bit.ly/2lwI2Ed ) reports 39-year-old Bobby Tallent admitted Wednesday to reduced charges of second-degree murder, attempted second-degree murder and other related charges. Jurors heard four days of testimony, but Tallent entered the plea before they began their deliberations.

Tallent was previously charged with first-degree murder in the March 2016 shooting death of Joseph Sweet in a city park in Norton. He arrested near the Nebraska border after a chase.

Tallent’s trial was moved to Hill City after a mistrial was declared in October when a Nebraska television station aired footage of people in the jury pool.

Sentencing is set for May 1.

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Information from: The Salina (Kan.) Journal, https://www.salina.com

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