Kansas man pleads guilty to murder during trial

Bobby J Tallent (Norton Police Department Photo)

HILL CITY, Kan. (AP) – A Kansas man has pleaded guilty midway through his trial to killing a man in a western Kansas park and shooting at pursuing law enforcement officers.

The Salina Journal reports 39-year-old Bobby Tallent admitted Wednesday to reduced charges of second-degree murder, attempted second-degree murder and other related charges. Jurors heard four days of testimony, but Tallent entered the plea before they began their deliberations.

Tallent was previously charged with first-degree murder in the March 2015 shooting death of Joseph Sweet in a city park in Norton. He arrested near the Nebraska border after a chase.

Tallent’s trial was moved to Hill City after a mistrial was declared in October when a Nebraska television station aired footage of people in the jury pool.

Sentencing is set for May 1.


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