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3 charged in Milford night club murder

Monday, April 14, 2008

Three men were arrested on murder charges for the beating death of a 25-year-old Sioux Falls, S.D. man that took place at Zippers night club in north Milford last Friday.

Three men remain in the Dickinson County Jail to face the charges from the early morning incident.

This week officers arrested John Allen Swan, 30, of Crossett, Ark.; Scott Thomas Adair, 29, of Crossett, Ark.; and Michael James Friedrichs, 29, of Forest City. All are charged with first degree murder.

According to Milford Police, victim Matthew Thomas Begtrup, was beaten by Swan, Adair and Friedrichs, who allegedly hit the victim repeatedly during a fight outside the club at around 2 a.m., causing severe injury and bleeding to the face and head.

The three were charged with willful injury the night of the altercation and posted bond.

After Begtrup's death, the Dickinson County Attorney's office filed the first-degree murder charges, accusing the three of willfully and deliberately killing Begtrup with malice afore thought.

Warrants were issued and the three were arrested and rebooked into the Dickinson County Jail.

Swan, Adair and Friedrichs made their initial appearance Tuesday. They are being held on $750,000 bond and are scheduled for a preliminary hearing at 4 p.m. April 18.

Begtrup's funeral was held Friday.

People who knew him back in Sioux Falls remember Begtrup as an aspiring martial arts instructor who enjoyed teaching young people the discipline of Tae Kwan Do.

Begtrup was a skilled third-degree black belt, his instructor, Master Jae Ho Sim, told KELO-TV reporter Lou Raguse in a copyrighted story.

"He can straight-up side kick in the air. He can break a board 10 feet in the air standing on the ground, you know? Not jumping," Sim told Raguse.

Begtrup's martial arts instructor said the 25-year-old was close to achieving his goals of being an instructor.

"I've got a whole bunch of good kids here, but not too many come up to me and say I want to be an instructor," Sim said.

Begtrup also helped Master Sim teach class. He especially enjoyed the kids 10 and younger. And they especially liked him.

"Oh, parents come to me all the time, when the kids say, 'Guess what, Mr. Matt's filling in for Mr. Sim.' They all get excited. He's great with the kids. Pretty firm, but they love him," Sim told the television station.

Begtrup told Sim he wanted to teach Tae Kwan Do for a living, so Master Sim did something special for him. He traveled to Korea and set up an exchange program. Sim planned to have Begtrup, who learned Tae Kwon Do in Korean, live there and teach Koreans Tae Kwon Do in English.

"The sad thing for me is I never got to tell him I had all that going for him," Sim said.

"It's just hard for me to imagine a guy like that has a great talent, great self-respect and great kindness to other kids, and all the sudden someone brutally does that to him," Sim told the station.

Master Sim says he had a brand new Tae Kwon Do uniform ready for Begtrup to be buried in. Begtrup's family has asked that memorial donations will be used to create a scholarship in Matthew's name at the Jae Ho Sim's Martial Arts Academy.

Back in Milford, the local police department was assisted at the scene by members of the Arnolds Park Police Department, Okoboji Police Department, Dickinson County Sheriff's Office, Milford Rescue and Lakes Regional Healthcare Ambulance.

Some aspects of the case remain uncertain. Authorities have yet to elaborate about the amount of time that passed between the altercation and the end of Begtrup's life. He passed away after being transported to Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls.

The initial statement from law enforcement officials also does not confirm, or rule out, the use of weapons.

Jim Saunders, the public information officer for the Iowa Department of Public Safety, said the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation has not been contacted about the murder investigation.

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