|UPDATE: November 20, 2012 - By Rusty Marks for The Charleston Gazette Hiram Lewis Charged With Witness Intimidation|
A former Republican candidate for attorney general and West Virginia Republican Party treasurer Hiram Lewis is in trouble with the law again.
Lewis has been arrested for intimidating Clay County Sheriff Randy Holcomb, a state witness, by the sheriff himself.
Lewis allegedly told Sheriff Holcomb that he and a trooper were the only two witnesses left to testify against him.
The third witness would have been fallen trooper, Corporal Marshall Bailey.
Lewis allegedly said, according to the sheriff, he believed Bailey was killed in the line of duty because of the "wrongdoing Bailey had done to him."
Lewis told media he considers Holcomb a friend and that he never tried to intimidate him.
Lewis, an attorney, was recently indicted on charges of malicious wounding, domestic assault and wanton endangerment involving a firearm.
He was arrested in June by the West Virginia State Police after he admitted to shooting Stephen Bogart in the leg. Lewis said the shooting was in self defense and that Bogart tried to break into his house.
Bogart told authorities he occupied the property, which reportedly belongs to Lewis.
Lewis was free on bond.
See earlier story: FORMER STATE CANDIDATE HIRAM LEWIS INDICTED IN CLAY