Recent shooting bring LSU PD back to cold case


POSTED: Tuesday, February 22, 2011 - 7:15pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, February 23, 2011 - 3:08pm

BATON ROUGE, La (NBC33) -- Michael Jermain Lewis has been tied to several other shooting related incidents within the Baton Rouge area. He’s also tied to the 2008 shooting of two LSU students.

The LSU Police Department tells NBC33 News that Lewis was one of three suspects they held in custody for the slaughter of two LSU students on December 13, 2007.

Just last week Lewis was arrested for killing 14-year old Christopher Williams and injuring another teen moments after they bought candy from a neighbor. He’s also been connected to the shooting death of Clavin Ervin and Brandon Watson at the Pine Crest Apartments, and then just two days later, shooting on Dan Drive and Matthews Avenue.

Lewis was held for several months, but was ultimately let go by a Grand Jury due to lack of evidence.

LSU Police say they’re hopeful the new arrests will bring an end to the cold case spanning several years, but are frustrated they weren’t able to make the charges stick when he was first arrested.

"It’s always frustrating if you feel like you've made the arrest and arrested the right person and can't prosecute them, but we're hoping with this most recent arrest we can get the evidence we need to bring him back to court and have that prosecution we're looking for," Detective Jason Bettencourtt, LSU Police Department, explained.

Lewis was not convicted nor cleared of the crime in 2007. If new evidence is secured, he can be prosecuted. He is currently being held in East Baton Rouge Parish Jail on multiple charges.

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