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Trial begins in killing of rapper outside Overland Park bar

Opening arguments heard in rapper killing

The prosecution and defense gave their opening arguments as the trial of Dale "Poppa Willo" Willis, who is charged with first-degree murder in the September shooting death of Jurl Carter.
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The prosecution and defense gave their opening arguments as the trial of Dale "Poppa Willo" Willis, who is charged with first-degree murder in the September shooting death of Jurl Carter.

It was supposedly a brief but deadly confrontation between two area rappers outside an Overland Park nightclub.

On Tuesday, a Johnson County jury is scheduled to begin hearing testimony in the trial of Dale “Poppa Willo” Willis, who is charged with first-degree murder in the September shooting death of Jurl Carter, who performed as Yunglyfe Carter or Bo Boogy.

Carter, 24, of Olathe, was killed outside Jim Kilroy’s Roxy Bar at 75th Street and Metcalf Avenue.

According to testimony at a previous hearing, Willis, 33, of Kansas City, was standing outside the bar with several others when Carter pulled a car into a parking space and nearly hit someone.

After a brief exchange of words, Willis allegedly punched Carter, knocking him to the ground.

Carter got up, got in his car and began backing up. As he backed through the lot, prosecutors say Willis’ brother, James Willis, fired shots into the car, killing Carter.

James Willis, who is also charged with first-degree murder, will be tried separately.

The trial for Dale Willis in Johnson County District Court is expected to last about a week.

Tony Rizzo: 816-234-4435, @trizzkc

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