CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The state Office of Disciplinary Counsel has withdrawn a petition to immediately suspend an attorney and former congressional candidate accused of shooting another man in the leg.
Police charged Hiram Carson Lewis IV, 41, with malicious wounding and wanton endangerment involving a firearm after Lewis allegedly shot Steven Bogart, 55, on June 13.
Lewis, a Morgantown lawyer, ran as a Republican for U.S. Senate in 2006 and for state attorney general in 2004 and 2008.
The Office of Disciplinary Counsel filed a petition June 19 "seeking the immediate suspension of" Lewis' license. An Aug. 7 hearing had been scheduled to hear arguments on the matter.
The state Supreme Court granted the office's request Wednesday to withdraw the petition. However, the dismissal doesn't affect the office's ongoing investigating into the incident, said Supreme Court spokeswoman Jennifer Bundy wrote in an email.
Clay County Magistrate Jeffery Boggs found probable cause last week to send Lewis' case to a grand jury. The Clay County grand jury is expected to meet sometime in July.
Lewis was released Tuesday from Central Regional Jail on $70,000 full-surety bond.
Lewis' relatives said he moved from Morgantown to Procious last month to open a goat-petting farm. He then moved into a house on 3150 Elk River Road with Bogart, according to a criminal complaint filed in Clay County Magistrate Court.
On June 13, Lewis said he shot Bogart in the leg when Bogart barged into the home, despite repeated warnings not to do so, the criminal complaint said.
Bogart said he lived at the home and Lewis shot him after a dispute.
Bogart underwent procedures at CAMC General Hospital to repair his leg and was released.Reach Travis Crum at travis.c...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5163.