Erik McCallister

Erik McAllister (photo provided by Erik’s aunt Rachael Dowd)

By Allison Sylte, 9News | A man has been charged with first-degree murder for the death of Erik McAllister, who leaves behind three young sons. Erik was the lead singer of the Denver based band Vanadium in the mid-late 2000’s. Erik was shot and killed outside a bar off West 38th Avenue and Tennyson Street.

The Denver District Attorney’s Office confirms the suspect, identified as Michael Bettale, 28, has been charged with first-degree murder after deliberation for his alleged role in the death of Erik McAllister.

Bettale has also been charged with weapon possession by a previous offender.

Last year, an anonymous donor helped increase the reward for information about McAllister’s death to $4,000.

McAllister was found with a gunshot wound outside of the Beer Depot at around 2 a.m. on Aug. 3, 2019. He later died at the hospital.

According to previous 9NEWS reporting, police did not have a description of a potential suspect or what may have led up to the shooting.
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Police Seeking Public’s Help Finding the Person Who Killed a Man in Northwest Denver

By Emily Wenger, August 6, 2019 | The Denver Police Department is asking for the public’s help in finding more information in the shooting death of a man Saturday on 38th Avenue.

Erik McAllister, 41, was found shot around 1:59 a.m. Saturday in the 4200 block of West 38th Avenue, according to a news release from the Denver Police Department.

He was transported to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead from his injuries.

“It’s a nightmare,” said Tiffany Boening, McAllister’s wife.
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