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Trial delayed for former politician accused of shooting man

By From staff reports

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A trial was delayed for a former candidate for public office accused of shooting a man in the leg at his Clay County home.

Hiram Lewis, 41, of Procious, appeared in Clay Circuit Court earlier this month for a jury trial but Judge Richard Facemire opted to continue at a later date because neither the prosecution nor the defense had all of their reports ready for court, according to a deputy circuit clerk.

Lewis, a Republican who unsuccessfully ran for state attorney general in 2004 and U.S. Senate in 2006, was arrested last June and charged with malicious wounding and wanton endangerment. Authorities say Lewis shot Stephen Bogart in the leg at Lewis' home.

Bogart was entering the Elk River Road home when he was shot. He told troopers he had been living in the house, showing belongings and documents inside as proof, but Lewis denied that he'd been living there.

Lewis was accused in November of trying to intimidate a witness in the case. That witness happened to be then-Clay Sheriff Randy Holcomb.

He allegedly went to Holcomb's camp in October and asked the sheriff to have prosecutors dismiss the charges. Lewis then threatened legal action against the sheriff's office over the arrest and told Holcomb he might sue him personally as well.

He pointed out that with the death of CPl. Marshall Bailey, who was killed in the line of duty in August, Holcomb and Trooper B.E. Young were the only remaining witnesses.

The clerk said the trial was continued to the March term of court. Judge Jack Alsop will preside.


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