Sentencing delayed for man convicted in Eudora bar murder

photo by: Sara Shepherd

Danny W. Queen appears in Douglas County District Court on Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018, next to one of his appointed attorneys, Joshua Seiden.

It will be at least another two months before the man who fatally shot another man outside a Eudora bar is sentenced.

Danny W. Queen, 37, of Eudora, was convicted by a jury on Aug. 1 and had been scheduled to be sentenced on Tuesday in Douglas County District Court.

Instead, Judge Peggy Kittel approved a request from Queen’s appointed attorneys to delay sentencing. Dakota Loomis and Joshua Seiden said they needed more time to have the trial transcript prepared and then review it before filing post-trial motions, such as a request for a new trial.

Queen’s sentencing is now scheduled for Dec. 17. Kittel will hear arguments on any motions that same day prior to sentencing Queen.

The shooting happened shortly after 1 a.m. June 24, 2017, at D-Dubs Bar and Grill, 10 W. Ninth St. in Eudora. Bo M. Hopson, 32, of Eudora, was killed. He had been working security at the bar on the night of Eudora’s annual CPA Picnic.

Queen had been drinking heavily and got kicked out of the bar after making offensive comments to women inside. On the way out, he scuffled with other bar patrons before being lifted onto the trailer in the parking lot to calm down.

Queen took the stand at his own trial and said he heard Hopson, who was standing near the trailer, threaten him, so he pulled his handgun from his pocket and fired in self-defense. However the jury found Queen guilty of second-degree murder in Hopson’s death.

Jurors also found Queen guilty of attempted second-degree murder for trying to kill bar patron Clark Orth and guilty of attempted voluntary manslaughter for trying to kill patron Dustin Crowe. After shooting Hopson, Queen pointed his gun and pulled the trigger at those two men, but the gun jammed.

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