Sentencing delayed again in Topeka barroom slaying

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Sentencing for a 30-year-old Kansas man convicted of killing a patron at a Topeka bar in 2008 has been pushed back a second time.

The Topeka Capital-Journal (http://bit.ly/1ws42Qr ) reports James Arthur Qualls III was convicted June 30 of premeditated first-degree murder in the death of 30-year-old Joseph “Joe Bob” Beier in the early morning hours of July 16, 2008.

Beier was shot a dozen times and died about 90 minutes after the shooting at the Whiplash Bar. The shooting happened after a dispute over a pool game between Qualls and Beier’s girlfriend.

Qualls was scheduled to be sentenced July 23, but that was postponed when he sought a new attorney. At a sentencing hearing Thursday, Qualls told the judge he needed more time to discuss possible motions with his attorney.

 

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