Murder defendant on trial

June 26, 2013

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Murder defendant “Flash” Gordon Ray Lewis provided the weapon and “was involved in the planning and carrying” out the death of club owner Gene Sabin in January 2012, Hood County Assistant District Attorney Patrick Berry said in opening remarks to the jury Tuesday morning in Hood County District Court.

The capital murder trial of Lewis, 36, an Oak Trail Shores resident, got under way Tuesday. The trial could last into next week, attorneys said.

Lewis is one of three people indicted in the shooting death of Sabin. The 63-year-old Rolling Hills Shores resident was found with a single gunshot wound inside T.J.’s Private Club and Cafe, which he operated.

“This was not an accidental act,” Berry said. “This was a premeditated act. It was part of a conspiracy to rob T.J.’s … the defendant is guilty of capital murder.”

Defense Attorney Richard Mitchell told the jury, “Every single one of (the witnesses) had a motive to lie.”

Witnesses were expected to take the stand yesterday.

The other two suspects in the case, Justin Wade Ragan and Kimberly Danielle Milwicz, had trials earlier this year. Ragan, 24, was found guilty of capital murder and sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole. Milwicz, 25, was found guilty of murder and got a life sentence along with a $10,000 fine. She can apply for parole after serving about 30 years in prison.

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