CHARLESTON, W.Va. - A former candidate for public office has been arrested for the second time in five months, this time on charges of trying to intimidate a witness who happens to be the sheriff of Clay County.
Police said Hiram Carson Lewis, 41, of Procious, threatened Clay County Sheriff Randy Holcomb, who is a witness against him regarding charges from June. In those charges, Lewis is accused of shooting a man on his property.
Lewis, a Republican, waged unsuccessful bids for state attorney general in 2004 and U.S. Senate in 2006.
State Police arrested Lewis Friday and charged him with intimidation of, and retaliation against, a witness.
Lewis allegedly went to Holcomb's camp in Procious on Oct. 28 and asked Holcomb to have county prosecutors dismiss the June charges. He threatened legal action against the sheriff's department over his arrest and said he might sue Holcomb personally as well, according to a complaint filed in Clay County Magistrate Court.
He pointed out that Holcomb and Trooper B.E. Young, who filed the complaint, were the only witnesses remaining in the matter. The other officer involved, Cpl. Marshall Bailey, was killed in the line of duty in August.
Lewis allegedly told the sheriff he believed Bailey's death was because of "spiritual wrongdoing done to him," according to the complaint.
Lewis was arrested in June after shooting Stephen Bogart in the leg. Bogart was entering Lewis' home when he was shot.
Bogart told troopers he had been living in the home, showing belongings and documents inside as proof. Lewis denied that Bogart lived in the home.
Lewis was free on bond Monday in the latest incident