The person convicted of killing a Little Rock actual property agent will not be permitted to name any witnesses however himself in subsequent week’s trial over whether or not he was assaulted by state jail guards in 2016, a federal decide dominated Friday.
Arron Lewis, 40, of Jacksonville, who’s serving two life sentences with out risk of parole for the 2014 kidnapping and homicide of Beverly Carter, sued then-Arkansas Division of Corrections Director Wendy Kelley, Capt. Mark Stephens and Sgt. Hazel Robinson in U.S. District Court docket in 2018.
Kelley and Stephens have been dropped from the civil-rights swimsuit earlier this month, leaving Robinson as the only real defendant.
Lewis appeared in court docket Friday by video from the East Arkansas Regional (Brickeys) Unit in Lee County.
After a pretrial listening to earlier than U.S. District Choose Billy Roy Wilson, Lewis, who’s representing himself, was left with no witnesses to testify to his declare that Robinson punched him in his left shoulder as he was being escorted to jail sick name on the Varner Supermax Unit in June 2016. Lewis mentioned he was being seen at sick name for a dislocated left shoulder and was left in extreme ache.
A second officer, Cpl. Jarius Sanders, who was aiding Robinson in escorting Lewis to sick name, mentioned in an affidavit, dated July 14, 2021, that he didn’t witness the alleged assault.
Robinson and Sanders are each anticipated to testify in Robinson’s protection within the civil trial set to start Tuesday.
Wilson excluded 10 of Lewis’ witnesses as a result of none had any direct information of the matter, making their testimony irrelevant. The one witness he didn’t exclude was Lewis himself.
All 10 witnesses have been jail personnel who investigated the grievance that Lewis filed towards Robinson, however that they had no direct information of the incident past that.
“It’ll come right down to my testimony, which you’ve got already deemed shouldn’t be credible, towards two officers who I can not present any supporting proof to,” Lewis complained. “I assume my entire checklist should be excluded apart from myself.”
On the outset of the listening to, Wilson addressed a grievance Lewis had lodged concerning a current switch from the Tucker Most Safety Unit in Jefferson County to Brickeys. Lewis instructed Wilson that after the transfer he had found quite a few supplies he wanted for the trial had disappeared.
“The morning I used to be transferred, they simply got here to my cell, I used to be about to make use of the cellphone, and so they instructed me include them,” Lewis mentioned. “They did not inform me I used to be being transferred or something.”
Lewis mentioned he was left in a visitation cell whereas the contents of his cell have been packed for transport.
“They left quite a few issues,” he mentioned. “My deal with guide, my listening to help, quite a few notes that I had for court docket. I had all of my docket entries and my notes that I had written out for this case, and half of that stuff is gone. It was a subversive try to do no matter they do as an alternative of simply telling me, ‘Hey, you are transferred. Pack your whole stuff up.'”
Wilson famous that an inner e mail, despatched between jail officers and copied to Robinson’s lawyer, Vincent France, indicated that pictures of Lewis’ property had been taken earlier than cargo. The e-mail mentioned the photograph document was included due to Lewis’ previous claims about property disappearing after a switch.
France, who together with William Chook is representing Robinson, mentioned documentation was offered concerning all the property that was transferred and that the property was inventoried in Lewis’ presence.
“We included documentation from the officer at Tucker who went by means of the property whereas Mr. Lewis was current,” France mentioned. “He by no means mentioned something was lacking.”
Lewis argued that no stock was offered of his authorized supplies; France mentioned this was as a result of these supplies weren’t examined.
“If we might have gone by means of all of his authorized supplies then he can be making the declare that we had improperly gone by means of his authorized supplies,” France mentioned.
Glad by France’s clarification and the document of Lewis’ property he had acquired, Wilson dominated that the proof at hand indicated Lewis’ property had been transferred in its entirety.
“They don’t seem to be holding something again that I can decide,” Wilson mentioned.
Lewis was sentenced to 2 life phrases after being discovered responsible in January 2016 of capital homicide and kidnapping in reference to the September 2014 demise of Carter, whom he lured to a vacant house in Scott on the pretext of being concerned with shopping for it.
At his trial, prosecutors mentioned Carter, a married mom of three, died in agony and terror as she suffocated beneath inexperienced tape that Lewis had wrapped throughout her face after his and his spouse’s plans to carry her for ransom fell aside.
Lewis’ spouse, Crystal Lowery, testified towards Lewis in alternate for leniency. She is serving a 30-year sentence for her half within the homicide.
Info for this text was contributed by John Lynch of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.