A former state politician, Hiram Lewis will go on trial in connection with a shooting case in Clay County.|
Lewis is charged with malicious wounding, domestic assault and wanton endangerment involving a firearm.
He was arrested in June after police say he shot Stephen Bogart, claiming he was breaking into his home at the time of the shooting. Bogart says he lived the dwelling.
During a hearing Thursday in Clay, Lewis would not enter a plea while in court, so the judge entered a not guilty plea for him.
Lewis asked the judge to dismiss the charges because he believes the indictment is illegal.
He told the judge a person can't be indicted on malicious wounding and wanton endangerment, it has to be one of the other.
The judge denied the motion.
The trial for Lewis was set for January 15.
He will be back in court on December 6 related to new charges filed against Lewis earlier this month by Clay County Sheriff Randy Holcomb.
According to a criminal complaint, Lewis went to Clay County Sheriff Randy Holcomb's camp on Elk River Road in Procious and allegedly threatened the sheriff.
Lewis asked the sheriff to ask the Clay County Prosecutor to dismiss the criminal charges against him, according to the complaint.
He then told the sheriff he might have to sue over the arrest and he could possibly sue him as well, according to the complaint.
Lewis denies he threatened the sheriff.
In that case, Lewis has been charged with intimidation of and retaliation against, public officers and employees.
In the 2004 Attorney General race Lewis narrowly lost his election. He also ran for US Senate in 2006.
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