CORBIN — Published Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014
By John L. Ross / Staff Writer
A Benham man charged in the December stabbing murder of 60-year-old Clinton Ray Howard, of Lily, has now been officially arraigned.
Hubert Dustin Lewis, 25, appeared in Laurel County Circuit Court before Judge Tom Jensen with his attorney, public defender Jennifer Milligan.
Milligan opted to waive formal arraignment and enter a not guilty plea on Lewis' behalf.
His next court appearance is slated for March,
In January, he was named on a single-count indictment in Laurel Circuit Court charging him with murder.
Lewis allegedly stabbed Howard twice in the neck during an argument Dec. 12.
According to Laurel County Sheriff John Root, the argument occurred at Howard’s Campbell Road home. Also present for the alleged stabbing was Lewis’ girlfriend, Tiffany Jackson, 36, of Corbin. Jackson called 911 and reported the stabbing.
Laurel County Coroner Doug Bowling declared Howard dead at the scene. An autopsy conducted in December in Frankfort confirmed Howard died of multiple stab wounds, Bowling said.
Lewis allegedly fled Howard’s home after the killing and was sought by police until he turned himself in to the Harlan County Sheriff’s Office.
Root said a folding knife with an open blade was found about two miles from Howard’s home — and believes that knife was the weapon used against Howard.
Detectives Charlie Loomis and Billy Madden assisted on the follow-up investigation. Loomis was the arresting officer.
Root added that Howard, Lewis and Jackson were acquaintances.
Lewis remains jailed in the Laurel County Correctional Center under a $250,000 cash bond.