Man at the center of high-profile murder case back in jail


EVANSVILLE, Ind (WEHT) A man at the center of one of Evansville’s most high-profile homicides is back in trouble.

Erick Schmitt was arrested Thursday night on charges of drunk driving. 

According to court papers, Schmitt was involved in a one-vehicle accident near Sherman and Negley. Investigators say he had a blood-alcohol of 0.23.

Schmitt was arrested in 1998 and convicted in connection with the death of Charlie Simpson.  

Prosecutors say Schmitt shot and killed Simpson during a robbery.

Schmitt was released from prison in 2012 after Simpson’s widow said she believed in forgiveness and asked that he be released.

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(This story was originally published on Feb. 21, 2020)

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