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Former Senate, attorney general candidate found not guilty in shooting

By Staff reports

CLAY, W.Va. -- A former candidate who ran for both U.S. Senate and West Virginia attorney general was found not guilty of charges related to shooting a man in the leg at his home in Clay County last year.

On Wednesday night, a Clay County jury found Hiram Carson Lewis IV, 42, not guilty of malicious wounding and wanton endangerment involving a firearm. Police said Lewis shot Steven Bogart in the leg at Lewis' home in Procious on June 13, 2012.

Lewis testified in his own defense on Tuesday and said he protected himself when he shot Bogart because Bogart had charged at him. Bogart said he was Lewis' roommate and when Lewis kicked him out, he tried to get back inside to get his things.

Lewis, a lawyer and an Iraq War veteran, ran unsuccessfully as a Republican for the office of attorney general in 2004 and also in the 2006 Republican primary to challenge 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.

Lewis was also charged with allegedly threatening former Clay County Sheriff Randy Holcomb on Nov. 19, 2012. Holcomb was a witness against Lewis in this week's trial. Lewis, however, has not been indicted on that charge.


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