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Judge refuses plea deal after defendant talks of self-defense in attempted murder case

June 14th, 2013 1:41 pm by Becky Campbell

Judge refuses plea deal after defendant talks of self-defense in attempted murder case

Freddie Mitchell Lewis

A Washington County judge rejected a Jonesborough man’s attempted first-degree murder plea agreement with prosecutors Wednesday after the man’s account of the shooting indicated it was in self-defense.

Freddie Mitchell Lewis, aka Rooster, 33, 612 Old State Route 34, Jonesborough, was set to receive 16 years in prison for the attempted murder and unlawful possession of a weapon by a convicted felon during a hearing Thursday.

When Judge Robert Cupp asked Lewis about the Sept. 19, 2012, shooting, Lewis said the victim, Reed Baker, had pulled a knife on him. 

Cupp refused to accept the guilty plea because he said Lewis’ version indicated the shooting was in self-defense, according to Assistant District Attorney General Erin McArdle.

Lewis is accused of breaking into the home of Baker, 43, 342 Stockton Road, Chuckey, and assaulting him with a club. Baker reportedly fended off the assault and Lewis left.

Around 12:30 a.m., Baker was in the driveway of 174 Mae McKee Road, where a friend lived. Lewis pulled up to this house in a truck, got out and shot Baker in the head with a shotgun, according to investigators.

Lewis then left in the truck but came back a few minutes later and shot Baker a second time.

McArdle rejected Lewis’ account that the shooting was in self-defense, but Cupp reset the case until August.

Lewis remains in custody at  the Washington County Detention Center on $250,000 bond.

Related article: Jonesborough man charged with attempted first-degree murder

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