Plea entered for ex-candidate charged in shooting
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A Clay County circuit court judge entered a not guilty plea Thursday for a former Republican candidate for U.S. Senate and attorney general who faces accusations that he shot his roommate in the leg in June.
Clay County Circuit Court Judge Richard Facemire set a Jan. 15, 2013, trial date for Hiram Carson Lewis IV, 41, on charges of malicious wounding, domestic assault and wanton endangerment involving a firearm.
Facemire entered the not guilty plea on Lewis' behalf after Lewis refused to plea. Police said Lewis shot Steven Bogart on June 13 in the leg at Lewis' home in Procious.
Lewis said he shot Bogart after Bogart kicked the door in, despite repeated warnings not to enter the house. Bogart said Lewis had invited him to stay at the house in exchange for carpentry work, and wasn't doing anything wrong at the time he was shot.
Lewis was indicted last month and is currently out on bail awaiting trial. Facemire set a bond revocation hearing for Dec. 6 on additional charges filed against Lewis since his initial arrest.
He allegedly went to Clay County Sheriff Randy Holcomb's camp on Oct. 28 and threatened him. Holcomb is a witness in Lewis' June criminal case. Lewis later told the Gazette he didn't mean to intimidate Holcomb, but said he wanted to ask the sheriff if he would put in a good word for him with the county prosecutor.
Lewis, a lawyer and an Iraq War veteran, ran unsuccessfully for the office of attorney general in 2004 and ran unsuccessfully in the 2006 Republican primary to challenge U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd, D-W.Va. He again ran for attorney general in 2008, but was edged out in the Republican primary by Dan Greear.