No murder charge for Topeka man in deadly fight

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Topeka man won’t be facing a murder charge following a fight earlier this month that killed another man.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that 40-year-old Michael Stephen Murphy was released from Shawnee County Jail Tuesday after posting a $10,000 bond for a single charge of a felon in possession of a firearm.

Murphy’s original bond when booked May 10 was $1 million and included second-degree murder and weapons charges.

Police say they responded to a disturbance call reported as a fight on May 9, where they found 39-year-old Reginald A. Moten II suffering from head trauma. Moten died after being taken to a local hospital. Murphy was then taken for interviewing at the Law Enforcement Center.

Police say Moten and Murphy knew each other.

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