Charges filed in December 2016 murder case

ST. LOUIS – The St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s Office charged a 33-year-old Pevely man Monday for the murder of a local music promoter.

According to Officer Michelle Woodling, the body of David Bewig Jr. was discovered in his vehicle in the 5500 block of Etzel in the early morning hours of December 9, 2016.

Following a lengthy investigation, homicide detectives identified and apprehended a suspect – Darin Schmidt.

According to the probable cause statement, four different people told police that Schmidt admitted to shooting Bewig.

"It's sweet but it's bitter. I mean, it's a chapter in your life where someone's being held accountable," said David Bewig Sr.

Bewig Sr. said his son was the best uncle and that he'd gone into the city the night of December 8, 2016 to organize a party for his upcoming birthday.

"The day he left here was just like any other day, you know, he worked with me. He was my friend," he said. "I went with him on shows and entertainment, promoting things and he ended up like this. You know, it leaves a big void in your life."

For two years, the case ran cold until it appeared on a Metro's Most Wanted segment in September.

"We were idle, it was being worked on but they had no evidence of anything that they could ask anyone to come in for questioning," Bewig said.

After that report aired, tips came to CrimeStoppers, leading investigators to Schmidt, who lived just blocks away from the family in Pevely.

The Bewig family doesn't know why their son was murdered. Bewig Sr. said they've met the suspect in the past.

"I've seen and actually spoken to this person before and would have never thought," he said.

They didn't know Schmidt well; he was an acquaintance. Bewig Sr. said he feels for the suspect's family and he's thankful for witnesses willing to come forward with the truth.

"It's a big void in our family but I think if I died today, I would rest a little bit better...knowing who did this to my son," he said.

Prosecutors charged Schmidt with first-degree murder and armed criminal action. Schmidt was jailed on a $500,000 cash-only bond.

David Bewig Jr. would have celebrated his 34th birthday on Sunday.

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