EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSHIRAM HOME CONFINEMENT
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Former Attorney General Candidate Placed On Home Confinement, Awaits Trial
Reported by: Bob Aaron
Web Producer: Bethany Simmons
Reported: Nov. 29, 2012 3:02 PM EST
Updated: Nov. 30, 2012 9:42 AM EST
Clay County , West Virginia
A former West Virginia attorney general candidate and top Republican official was placed on home confinement until his trial for allegedly shooting a man earlier this year.
Hiram Lewis is charged with malicious wounding and wanton endangerment. Clay County Sheriff Randy Holcomb, a witness Hiram is accused of trying to intimidate, hooked him up to a home confinement monitor in court Thursday.
Holcomb and two troopers responded to the June shooting of a man staying at Lewis' house. One of the officers, Cpl. Marshall Bailey, was murdered since the incident; Bailey was one of two troopers killed during a shootout back in August.
Holcomb said Lewis showed up at his cabin asking for him to get the charges dropped and implied that God allowed Bailey to be killed because he unfairly had Lewis charged for what was a self-defense shooting. Holcomb took that to mean he could be next. Lewis denies it was a threat.
Shooting victim Stephen Bogart told Eyewitness News that he believes Lewis should be in jail because Bogart is imprisoned in a wheelchair from injuries he sustained in the shooting. He claimed Lewis is a Branch Davidian Doug Koresh wannabe, who uses religion to justify leaving Bogart unable to walk or work.
A hearing on the witness intimidation allegation is set for early December. Lewis is expected to go on trial in January.
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