OLATHE, Kan. -- A man convicted of first degree murder in the killing of an aspiring rapper will spend at least 50 years in the Kansas Department of Corrections. The Johnson County District Attorney's Office said late Monday afternoon that a judge sentenced Dale M. Willis to a "Hard 50" in the deadly shooting of Jurl Carter outside The Roxy nightclub on September 1, 2015.
Prosecutors in the case argued Willis may not have been the one who shot Carter, but say he ordered him to be killed. Willis' brother, James, is the one accused of firing the fatal shots. He's being tried separately.
A jury found Dale Willis guilty of murder and battery on September 1 of this year, and his sentencing was delayed on November 2 after his lawyers claimed there was new evidence in the case.
Court documents show Dale Willis' defense team sought to dismiss the prosecutors, and was seeking a new trial.
A motion filed by James Willis alleged prosecutorial misconduct. That motion said if James Willis' rights were violated, so were his brother Dale's. The new evidence focused on an agent's role in the investigation, and whether information about that agent's involvement in an interview with a witness was properly disclosed to the defense.
They also alleged that a detective attempted to influence the witness' testimony in an interview where the prosecutor wasn't present.
State prosecutors ultimately concluded that Dale Willis received a fair trial, determining that the jury had based its conviction on video evidence of Carter's murder. While court records don't show a ruling as it regards misconduct, a sentence has been announced:
Judge sentences Dale M. Willis to the Hard 50 for the murder of Jurl Carter at The Roxy in OP on 9/16/2015. 15CR3041
— Johnson County KS DA (@JohnsonCoDA) November 21, 2016
On Friday, April 7, 2017, a jury convicted James Willis of premeditated 1st-degree murder and of 'felon in possession of a firearm.'