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Evidence still being analyzed in shooting case

From The Times Tribune

KNOX COUNTY – The case against a Michigan man accused of attempting to rob a Knox County business before fatally shooting a bystander in January has been pushed to later this year as evidence continues to be gathered and analyzed by police.


25 year old Phillip Lee Lewis, appeared in Knox Circuit Court for a pretrial conference Friday, where Commonwealth’s Attorney Jackie Steele informed the court that they were still in the process of getting additional evidentiary items together to be sent to the Kentucky State Police Crime Lab for examination.


That task could still take a bit of time, according to Steele, who just asked for a follow-up pretrial at least 60 days out to allow for an update on the evidence.

A new date has been set for June 7 at 1 p.m.


“We hope to have all discovery matters wrapped up at that point,” said Steele.


On Jan. 16, Lewis allegedly entered the A&B Quick Stop off US 25E in the Gray community, where he brandished a gun and pointed in at the store’s clerk in an attempt to rob the store. Gary Medlin, 25 of Barbourville, who was a bystander inside the store, attempted to flee when Lewis allegedly shot Medlin multiple times. Lewis then allegedly fled the scene on foot.


Medlin was pronounced dead at the scene by the Knox County Coroner’s office.


Lewis remained on the run from police for several weeks, eventually being arrested Feb. 8 in Flint, Michigan by a task force comprised of the Michigan State Police, U.S. Marshals and FBI. He was held in Michigan until being extradited back to Kentucky earlier this month.


Lewis currently remains jailed in an area detention center under a $1 million cash bond.

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