In testimony last week, Johnson said, Lewis had declared that they should take Harris to “a landfill” and had Johnson — Newman was getting rid of Harris’s car — drive to an abandoned house near Lewis’s grandmother’s home.
As he was pulled out of the car, Johnson testified, Harris pleaded for his life and offered whatever money he could give, and Lewis asked Harris for his bank card pin number. Johnson testified that he and Lewis argued over what to do next and that Lewis considered calling Harris’s wife to see whether she might be a more lucrative target.
That was “way too far,” Johnson testified he told Lewis. “It’s too far already.” With an expletive, Johnson said, Lewis shot Harris in the back of the head.
Lewis’s defense centered on the lack of DNA evidence tying him to the crime. The shotgun, ski masks and gloves recovered from Johnson’s car did not yield any link to Lewis. Johnson was probably placing blame on Lewis to make himself look better, defense attorney Harry Trainor argued. “He’s pulling the wool over our eyes,” Trainor said.
Prosecutors emphasized that most of the evidence was found months after Harris’s death, making it hard to recover DNA. Tattoos on Lewis — including “Get Money” embellished with flames and “Get Rich or Die Trying” with a gun — were used by prosecutors to link him to security camera images of a man using Harris’s bank card.
Lewis also was convicted of robbery, kidnapping and related charges.
Johnson, 51, has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and armed robbery. Newman, 21, pleaded guilty to robbery with a dangerous weapon and related charges. Both are scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 24. Lewis is scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 1.
Police said they have linked Lewis to two other killings, both during armed robberies.
Lewis’s mother, Felecia Lewis, said she continues to believe that her son is innocent. Trainor said he will file an appeal.