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Man accused of murder pleads not guilty

By: Dave Spencer Email
By: Dave Spencer Email

On May 23rd, Winchester police were called to a home on Redwing Drive for a report of a break-in.

More than a week later, the marks on the front door are still visible. The victim told police, before he died, that someone broke into his home and started shooting.

24-year-old Aaron Lewis was arrested and charged with murder and burglary in connection with the death of 29-year-old Phillip Howard.

Today, Lewis appeared for a video arraignment in a Clark County Courtroom on those charges. He was wearing a neck brace and recovering from a gunshot wound himself.

The details of how he ended up in jail were made clear in a police report.

On the 23rd of May police found Howard, "...lying on the bedroom floor with a single gunshot wound and another individual identified as Demontez Cowherd with two gunshot wounds."

The report states before Howard died, he told police that Cowherd and Lewis broke in and shot him. Police say Howard fired back, killing Cowherd and hitting Lewis in the back.

Witnesses reported to police seeing a man drive away armed with an assault rifle.

Then the report says, "... 20 minutes later suspect (Lewis) presented at St. Joesph East Hospital with a gunshot wound to the back. Suspect gave a story as to injuries that could not be verified, also during interview suspect stated that he was not in Winchester at time of shooting, however cell phone records show he was in Winchester less than 15 minutes prior to call for service."

Lewis told the judge he could not afford an attorney, so one has been appointed for him. He's scheduled to be back in court on June 8th for a preliminary hearing.

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