Trial begins for 1 of the 2 brothers accused of killing aspiring rapper

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OLATHE, Kan. -- The trial for one of the two men accused of killing an aspiring rapper in local high-profile murder case began on Monday.

Dale Willis is accused of killing Jurl Carter outside Roxy Bar in Overland Park last September.

Jurl Carter

Jurl Carter

Willis' brother, James Willis, was supposed to be tried at the same time, but because of legal reasons they are being tried separately.

Extra law enforcement was present both inside and outside of the courthouse as the trial was underway. Authorities say they have reason to believe that Dale, his brother James and their associates could be dangerous.

James and Dale Willis

James and Dale Willis

Dale and James both face a first-degree murder charge in connection to the case.

Prosecutors say Dale physically attacked Carter by punching him and knocking him to the ground outside the bar. Prosecutors say as Carter got into his car and attempted to drive away, James shot him.

Jury selection in Dale's trial began Monday, and opening statements were also expected to begin Monday.

James was supposed to be tried at the same time, but his attorney withdrew from the case. James had to get a new attorney, so his case was delayed.


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