Evidence still being investigated in murder case

KNOX COUNTY – The case against a Michigan man accused of attempting to rob a Knox County business before fatally shooting a bystander in January continues to have his case pushed out as evidence remains in the custody of police who are still performing analyzing the items.

Phillip Lee Lewis, 25, appeared in Knox Circuit Court for a pretrial conference Friday, his first since early April, though not much headway was made in progressing the case forward. According to prosecutors, a large number of evidentiary items are still being investigated at the Kentucky State Police Crime Lab, which is necessary to move on to trial.

Prosecutors asked that a status date be set for later this year in anticipation of having the evidence returned. A follow-up court date was set for Oct. 4 at 1 p.m.

Commonwealth’s Attorney Jackie Steele said that if everything is in order at that time, he expects to ask that a trial date be set in the case.

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 the Leslie County Detention Center under a $1 million cash bond.

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