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Federal charge for Michigan man indicted for murder and robbery

From The Times Tribune -

Phillip Lee Lewis - LCDC

UPDATE: WRIL has discovered after this story was published that Lewis has been transferred to Leslie County Detention Center and has been federally charged as a convicted felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.

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A Michigan man accused of attempting to rob a Knox County business before fatally shooting a bystander in January was indicted Friday by a Knox County grand jury.


Phillip Lee Lewis, 25, was named in a two-count indictment for charges that allegedly occurred Jan. 16. He charged with murder and first-degree robbery.


On the date listed in the indictment, 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.


25 year old Gary Medlin, 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 is scheduled to appear in Knox Circuit Court on April 5 at 1 p.m.

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