32-year-old charged with killing man at Edgerton bar last year pleads no contest to charges

Gregory Cooper

Gregory Cooper

EDGERTON, Kan. — The man who was charged in connection to killing another man at an Edgerton bar in December pleaded no contest on Tuesday.

Gregory Cooper, 32, was charged with second-degree murder and attempted aggravated battery, and on Tuesday he pleaded no contest to the charges. 

Tyler Knudsen

Tyler Knudsen

Johnson County prosecutors said Cooper “unintentionally, but recklessly” killed 23-year-old Tyler Knudsen while trying to hurt someone else during a bar fight at Boxcar Bar and Grill in Edgerton, Kan., Saturday, Dec. 19.

Family and friends of Knudsen told FOX 4 in a previous interview that Knudsen was not involved in the fight, rather he was an innocent bystander just waiting to play a round of pool. That’s when Cooper allegedly swung a pool cue at another man’s head, but instead struck Knudsen and kill him.

Knudsen left behind his wife of more than four years, Jamie, and a lot of other friends and family who cared for him.

Cooper’s sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 18 at 11 a.m.

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