Lewis murder trial to start next week

June 22, 2013

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Jury selection in the capital murder trial of Gordon Ray Lewis is expected to begin Monday in 355th Judicial District Court in Granbury, according to docket listings.

Lewis, 36, of the 3700 block of Oak Meadow Street in the Oak Trail Shores subdivision, is one of three people who were indicted last year on a capital murder charge in the January 2012 shooting death of 63-year-old Rolling Hills Shores resident Gene Sabin.

Sabin operated T.J.’s Private Club & Cafe, which is just outside the front entrance of Oak Trail Shores. An employee found Sabin lying on the floor inside the business before it opened early on the morning of Jan. 17, 2012. Sabin died of a single gunshot wound.

It was a capital offense, authorities said, because another felony – robbery – was committed during the same incident. The club was robbed of checks and cash totaling $1,500, according to investigators.

Justin Wade Ragan, 24, was convicted of capital murder on January 31. He was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

In early April, a jury convicted former T.J.’s employee Kimberly Danielle Milwicz, 25, of murder. She was fined $10,000 and sentenced to life in prison. Because the jury did not convict her on the capital murder count, she will be eligible for parole after serving 30 years – minus time served since her arrest on Jan. 26, 2012.

District Attorney Rob Christian did not seek the death penalty in any of the three cases.

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