Trial postponed in Great Bend homicide case

GREAT BEND, Kansas (AP) – A man charged with killing a Great Bend man and leaving his body in a roadside ditch will not go on trial until August.

Thirty-one-year-old Jeffrey Wade Chapman of Great Bend was scheduled to go on trial this week for first-degree murder in the death of 25-year-old Damon Galyardt.

The trial was delayed until Aug. 5 after new attorneys were appointed to represent Chapman. Chapman pleaded innocent in November.

Hunters found Galyardt’s body in November 2011 in a roadside ditch southwest of Great Bend.

Testimony during Chapman’s preliminary hearing in October indicated Chapman was angry because of the way Galyardt treated a woman with whom he was living. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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