GALLIPOLIS — A local man wanted for questioning following a reported homicide last week in Gallia County will appear today in the Gallipolis Municipal Court for a preliminary hearing.
David Dwayne Brewster, 43, of Patriot, made his initial appearance Friday via video before Judge Margaret Evans to answer a charge of theft after he allegedly, on or about April 8, stole a truck belonging to Daniel Lee Day.
Day, 29, was reportedly found dead in his Clay Township home April 8.
According to earlier reports, the Gallia County 911 Dispatch Center received a call at approximately 9:23 p.m. April 8 from a Clay Chapel Road resident who told dispatchers she believed her son was dead.
Deputies were dispatched to the scene and, upon arrival, discovered the body of Day deceased inside the home.
The Gallia County Sheriff’s Office later reported that Brewster was wanted for questioning and a warrant was issued for his arrest.
Two days following the homicide, deputies and agents with the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation located Brewster at a residence on Ohio 218 in Guyan Township.
He was taken into custody for the theft of a motor vehicle and questioned about Day’s death.
According to a complaint filed with the Gallipolis Municipal Court on April 10 and signed by Gallia County Sheriff Joe Browning, a warrant was issued for Brewster’s arrest after he was allegedly observed by witnesses traveling in the victim’s 1987 Ford Ranger following the homicide last Tuesday.
“After the time that investigators believe Daniel Day was murdered, a witness observed the defendant driving Daniel Day’s vehicle. The defendant also told his girlfriend that he needed to meet with her to stash the victim’s vehicle,” the complaint reads. “[A] witness was interviewed and gave a statement that he had met the defendant at Daniel Day’s house prior to the 8th day of April. The witness stated that the day of the homicide he observed Daniel Day’s vehicle. The witness made eye contact with the driver and recognized him to be the defendant, David Brewster. The witness also noticed that Daniel Day was not present in the vehicle.”
During Friday’s hearing, Brewster’s bond was set at $200,000, 10 percent. Defense attorney Barbara Wallen was appointed as counsel and a preliminary hearing was set for April 16. The case is expected to be bound over to Gallia County Common Pleas Court, where it will be heard by a grand jury.
Brewster is currently being held in the Gallia County Jail.