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.

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