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UPDATE: Former Politican Found Not Guilty in Shooting Case

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UPDATE 6/27/13 @ 9:15 a.m.
CLAY COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A former West Virginia politician has been found not guilty of malicious wounding.

Hiram Lewis admitted to shooting Stephen Bogart in the knee last summer.

Lewis told police and the court, the shooting was in self defense.

In the 2004 Attorney General race, Lewis narrowly lost. He also ran for a U.S. Senate seat in 2006.



UPDATE 11/29/12 @ 9:45 a.m.
CLAY COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A former state politician will go on trial in connection with a shooting case in Clay County.

Hiram Lewis is charged with malicious wounding, domestic assault and wanton endangerment involving a firearm.

Lewis was arrested in June after police say he shot Stephen Bogart. He says Bogart was breaking into his home at the time of the shooting. Bogart says he lived there.

On Thursday morning, Lewis would not enter a plea while in court so the judge entered a not guilty plea for him.

During the hearing, 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 for a bond revocation hearing.

The Dec. 6 hearing stems from new charges filed against Lewis earlier this month.

According to the criminal complaint, Lewis went to Clay County Sheriff Randy Holcomb's camp on Elk River Road in Procious and 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.

Lewis has been charged with intimidation of, and retaliation against, public officers and employees.

In the 2004 Attorney General race, Lewis narrowly lost. He also ran for US Senate in 2006.



UPDATE 11/19/12 @ 8:15 a.m.
CLAY COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Just days before his arraignment on criminal charges, a former state politician is facing more trouble with the law.

Hiram Carson Lewis IV, 41, of Clay, was arrested on November 16 with intimidation of and retaliation against public officers and employees.

According to the criminal complaint, on October 28 Lewis went to Clay County Sheriff Randy Holcomb's camp on Elk River Road in Procious and threatened the Sheriff.

The sheriff is a witness in a criminal case involving Lewis, according to court records.

According to the complaint, Lewis asked the sheriff to ask the Clay County Prosecutor to dismiss the criminal charges against him. Lewis then told the sheriff he might have to sue over the arrest and he could possibly sue him as well.

Lewis also told Sheriff Holcomb that Trooper Young and him were the only ones left to testify against him after West Virginia State Police Cpl. M.L. Bailey was killed in the line of duty earlier this year, according to the complaint.

The trooper also states in the complaint that Lewis said he believes Cpl. Bailey was killed because of the "spiritual wrong doing done to him."

Earlier this month, Hiram Lewis was indicted on malicious wounding, domestic assault and wanton endangerment involving a firearm after he was arrested for shooting Stephen Bogart in the leg.

Lewis says Bogart was breaking into his home at the time of the shooting. Bogart says he lived there.

Lewis was originally scheduled to be arraigned on the charges November 14, but the hearing was continued. He is now expected to be arraigned on the charges November 29 at 9 a.m.

Lewis narrowly lost in the Attorney General race in 2004. He also ran for US Senate in 2006.

Lewis can still practice law, but the Office of Disciplinary Counsel is still investigating the case against him.

Lewis posted a $5,000 bond for the new charge before he was taken to jail.

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UPDATE: 11/18/12 @ 7:45 p.m.
CLAY COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Former state politician Hiram Lewis is trouble with the law for the second time this year.

Lewis is charged with intimidating a Clay County sheriff.

Earlier this year, Lewis was charged with malicious wounding after shooting a man in the leg.

Lewis claims he shot the man in self defense.

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UPDATE 11/8/12 @ 2:45 p.m.
CLAY COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A grand jury in Clay County has indicted a former US Senate and Attorney General candidate on several charges following an incident in June.

According to a court spokesperson, Hiram Lewis was indicted on malicious wounding, domestic assault and wanton endangerment involving a firearm.

Lewis was arrested after police say he shot Stephen Bogart.

Lewis says Bogart was breaking into his home at the time of the shooting. Bogart says he lived there.

Lewis can still practice law, but the Office of Disciplinary Counsel is still investigating.

Lewis narrowly lost in the Attorney General race in 2004, he also ran for US Senate in 2006.

Lewis will be officially arraigned on the charges November 14 at 10:30 a.m.



UPDATE 6/27/12 @ 5 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A former US Senate and Attorney General candidate accused of shooting a man can still practice law -- for now.

The State Supreme Court has withdrawn their petition to suspend Hiram Lewis' law license.

Lewis was arrested earlier this month after police say he shot Stephen Bogart.

Lewis says Bogart was breaking into his home at the time of the shooting.

Bogart says he lived there.

At this point, Lewis can still practice law, but the Office of Disciplinary Counsel is still investigating.

Lewis narrowly lost in the Attorney General race in 2004, he also ran for US Senate in 2006.



UPDATE 6/19/12 @ 10:30 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- A West Virginia lawyer and former political candidate arrested after a shooting faces a hearing over his law license.

The state Supreme Court on Tuesday announced an Aug. 7 hearing for Hiram Lewis in a case brought by the Office of Disciplinary Counsel.

Lewis was charged with malicious wounding and wanton endangerment last week following a Clay County incident.

Lewis is accused of shooting Stephen Bogart at a residence in Procious. The two men have offered conflicting accounts of the incident.

In 2004, the Republican narrowly lost a bid to unseat Democrat Attorney General Darrell McGraw. He made unsuccessful runs for U.S. Senate in 2006 and for attorney general in 2008.

Lewis has practiced law in the state since 2001. He remains at the Central Regional Jail on $100,000 bond.



UPDATE 6/19/12 @ 11:20 a.m.
CLAY COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The case against a former candidate for West Virginia Attorney General and the U.S. Senate is moving forward in Clay County.

Hiram Lewis was in a court Tuesday for his preliminary hearing in magistrate court.

Lewis is charged with wanton endangerment after a shooting last week.

Police say Lewis shot Stephen Bogart in the leg at his home.

Lewis claims he shot Bogart because he barged into his home, but Bogart says he lives there too.

Bogart claims the two were arguing over Lewis' plans to open a bar at his house when he was shot.

During Tuesday's hearing, the magistrate found probable cause to send the case against Lewis to the grand jury.

The grand jury is expected to meet in Clay County in July.

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UPDATE 6/15/12 @ 5 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- We're learning more about a shooting that happened in Clay County, sending a man who made multiple runs for office behind bars.

On Thursday, Hiram Lewis spoke out from jail, claiming he had every right to shoot Steven Bogart.

But Friday, Bogart claims he didn't do anything wrong and Lewis is crazy.

As Bogart recovered in the hospital from a gunshot wound to the knee, he spoke out against the man who police say pulled the trigger -- Hiram Lewis.

"I wasn't afraid of the truth,” Bogart said. “I mean, all he's telling is lies. That's it. Total lies. Fabrication. Everything."

Bogart said he met Lewis a week ago when he was walking along Elkview Road. He said Lewis asked him if he knew how to do carpentry work. He said he did so, and Lewis said he could live with him.

"Everything was good for about five days, but he gave me a clue when he started writing all of this, what to they call it, militia stuff on all of the walls," he said.

That’s when Bogart said things took a turn for the worse, and the two started arguing on Wednesday.

"He told me that he was going to open a bar at the residence, and I told him, 'You can't do that without a liquor license. You'll go straight to jail.' "

Bogart said Lewis responded, "Oh no, I can do anything I want. My grandfather owns this place. And I said, no, and he slammed the door shut, so I pushed it open and he shot me."

Bogart said he never threatened to kill Lewis and never laid a hand on him.

But Lewis says otherwise and said he had every right to shoot him because he was breaking into his home.

"In his own mind maybe he did have a right. In his mind. But I live there. You don't shoot your roommate, do you? I don't," Bogart said.

Bogart said Lewis is saying otherwise to try and cover up for the shooting.



UPDATE 6/14/12
CLAY COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A former candidate for state attorney general and the U.S. Senate is now behind bars after he admitted to shooting another man.

However, Hiram Lewis of Clay County spoke out against the charges Thursday and said he had a legal right to pull the trigger.

"I was scared for my life," Lewis said. "I was absolutely scared to death."

Lewis said the victim, Stephen Bogart, had been staying at his home for about a week when he suddenly turned violent.

He said Bogart threatened to take his life and tried to break into the house after being asked multiple times to leave.

"He came in the house, lunged after me and said he was going to kill me," Lewis said. "So I shot him right above the kneecap."

Lewis described Bogart as a "homeless veteran" and said he found him walking along the road alone last week.

He said he pulled over to help and took Bogart home with him, offering him work and shelter on his property.

"I don't know what made me stop and pick him up, but I picked him up," Lewis said.

Police say Bogart had been living in the house, so they arrested Lewis for shooting him as he tried to enter.

Lewis, a lawyer, said he had no other choice but to pull the trigger.

"I was totally justified in what I did. I don't know why I was arrested," he said. "It was self-defense."

Even after the charges, Lewis said he doesn't regret trying to help Bogart because of something that happened before the shooting.

"We grabbed hands and he said 'We're brothers, brothers in arms. You've given me a purpose,'" Lewis said, "and then he teared up and thanked me."

Lewis said he left his law practice to pursue building a Christian camp in Clay County for children.

WSAZ.com tried to reach Stephen Bogart for comment, but he did not return calls.



UPDATE 6/13/12 @ 8:30 p.m.
CLAY COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A man shot Wednesday afternoon at a home in the Procious area was taken to the hospital, and another man was arrested in connection with the shooting, West Virginia State Police say.

The shooting was reported about 1 p.m. Wednesday at a home in the 3100 block of Elk River Road.

Stephen Bogart was taken to CAMC General Hospital in Charleston with non-life-threatening injuries.

Another man, Hiram Lewis, was charged with malicious wounding and wanton endangerment with a firearm. Hiram, who is a veteran, had run for the senate and the attorney general's office in West Virginia.

Lewis told troopers he wounded Bogart as he attempted to break into Lewis' home. Bogart told troopers he also lives there, so he wasn't breaking in.

Lewis was arraigned before a Clay County magistrate and taken to the Central Regional Jail. His bond was set at $100,000 cash.

The investigation is continuing. Anyone with information regarding the case is asked to call the West Virginia State Police Clay County Detachment.



ORIGINAL STORY 6/13/12
CLAY COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Crews are on the scene of a shooting in Clay County

It happened about 1 p.m. Wednesday along Elk River Road.

State Police say one person has been shot. There was no word on how badly the victim was hurt.

State Police say one person has been taken into custody.

We have a crew on the scene.

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