Defense wants statements tossed in 15-year-old murder case

By Greg Sowinski -

David W. Evans

David W. Evans

LIMA — A judge will review a video-recorded statement to determine whether the confession police said solved a 15-year-old murder case last year can remain in evidence.

At question is whether Lima Police Department detectives properly advised David W. Evans, 36, of his constitutional rights, commonly referred to as a Miranda warning. Detective Steve Stechschulte said Monday during a hearing on a motion to suppress the statements he did properly advise Evans during two interviews on Sept. 13 and Sept. 16.

Evans also was interviewed by a police detective in 2001 and Stechschulte said he is working on lining up the now-retired detective to come into court to talk about administering a Miranda warning at that time.

Judge Jeffrey Reed will look at Stechschulte’s interviews to see if the rights were covered before deciding whether to allow the statements in as evidence.

Evans is scheduled to stand trial April 18. He is charged with aggravated murder and aggravated robbery, both with gun specifications.

He is charged in the July 2, 2001, killing of 69-year-old Cardell Beachum. The charges carry up to life in prison as the maximum sentence.

Evans had been a suspect in the Beachum homicide for a long time, but investigators didn’t have enough evidence against him to file charges. He had been interviewed by investigators through the years, as well, a detective said.

Beachum was shot to death outside his business, Sports and Sorts, when he was closing up. The business was a pool hall and gambling establishment at 1290 St. Johns Ave. Beachum was trying to lock the door to his business when he was shot in the upper body. He was found lying in front of the entrance to the business with the door key in his hand.

Neighbors called the Police Department and reported the shots. Officers responding found Beachum dead.

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By Greg Sowinski

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