Hearing scheduled for man accused in Topeka man’s 2011 death

A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for a man accused of killing a 50 year old Topeka man in 2011.

Twenty-nine year-old James Harris made his first court appearance in Osage County District Court Thursday.

A judge set a preliminary hearing for next Friday, March 14, 2014 at 9 a.m. after Harris’ court-ordered attorney requested one within 14 days.

Harris is charged with first degree murder for the death of 50-year-old James Gerety in 2011.

The charge is in connection to skull and bone fragments, found in Carbondale in March of 2012, which were believed to be those of Gerety. Gerety was missing since 2011.

Last summer, DNA testing confirmed the bones were that of the missing Topeka man.

Harris was released to Osage County in December of last year. He was in a federal jail in Texas for charges as a felon in possession of a firearm.

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