LIMA — Whatever reason led David W. Evans to walk into the Lima Police Department this week and confess to killing a man in a 2001 unsolved murder remains to be told.
What police know is the 35-year-old Evans gave them enough details to match evidence at the crime scene in the July 2, 2001, death of 69-year-old Cardell Beachum.
“I am confident with his confession that he was the one who shot and killed Cardell Beachum,” said Lima Police Detc. Steve Stechschulte. “He has come up and he has confessed to the shooting death of Cardell Beachum.”
Evans is being held in the Allen County jail on the charge of murder with a formal charge coming in the near future, Stechschulte said.
Evans has been a suspect in Beachum’s murder for a long time but police just didn’t have enough evidence against him to charge him until now, Stechschulte said.
“We are still looking for reasons why after all these years. He has been a suspect for the majority of the time. He was a suspect early on. A couple of us even talked to him over the years,” Stechschulte said. “We had enough reasonable suspicion and enough things to lead us to be confident we had the right suspect, however, we didn’t have enough proof beyond a reasonable doubt.”
Beachum’s death still remains under investigation and detectives have a lot of work to do, including preparing to take the case through court. Stechschulte said there are other people police need to talk to who may have some type of involvement or connection to Beachum’s slaying. Anyone with information on the slaying is asked to call the detective bureau at 419-221-5181.
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. Beachum was found lying in front of the entrance to the business with the door key in his hand.
Neighbors heard shots and called police. A short time later, police arrived on scene and found Beachum dead.
Stechschulte said solving a case, especially a murder, is a good feeling but even more important is the justice it gives to Beachum’s family.
“It feels good to get another person off the street who I know is responsible for a violent crime,” he said.
Evans has a criminal history that includes at least one other crime of violence, and he has served time in prison, Stechschulte said.
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