"I asked him if he was saved," Lewis said. He said he told the sheriff that Bailey didn't know when he woke up on Aug. 28 that he would be shot in the line of duty.
"We never know when we're going to meet our maker," Lewis said. "That's the only way that Bailey came up.
"There was no intimidation," he said. "I was standing there talking to him as a friend."
On June 13, Lewis was charged with wanton endangerment and malicious wounding for allegedly shooting Steven Bogart in the leg at Lewis' home in Procious.
Lewis said he shot Bogart after Bogart kicked the door in despite repeated warnings not to come into 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.
A Clay County grand jury indicted Lewis on the charges last month. Lewis does not believe the indictment will stand up in court.
Holcomb could not be reached for comment on Monday.
Lewis' arraignment is scheduled for Friday.
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