Gregory B David Cooper, 32, Edgerton, appeared in Johnson County District court April 14 and pled not guilty to charges of reckless second degree murder.
A scheduling conference has been set for May 18.
Cooper was charged with second degree murder and attempted aggravated battery stemming from an incident that occurred Dec. 21, 2015 at the Boxcar Bar & Grill, in Edgerton.
At that time, Johnson County Sheriffs’ responded to a call of a disturbance and, upon arrival, a male subject later identified as Tyler Matthew Knudsen, 23, was found deceased, and David Given was reported injured, according to a statement from the sheriff’s office.
According to reports, Cooper was swinging the pool cue at Given’s head when he struck and killed Knudsen, who was a bystander waiting to play pool.
The Kansas City Star (http://bit.ly/1QbMzn1) reports a judge on April 14 ordered the trial for Cooper on charges of second-degree murder. He’s also charged with attempted aggravated battery for allegedly trying to hit another man with the cue.
Pleas of not guilty were entered on Cooper’s behalf.
Cooper’s attorney argued his client was leaving the bar as another man was challenging him to fight when he felt someone “contact” his back. That’s when he swung the cue, striking Knudsen.