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Man accused of Avondale shooting pleads not guilty

Jesse Lewis at provincial court in St. John’s in April.
Jesse Lewis at provincial court in St. John’s in April. - FILE

Jesse Lewis will go to trial next year

Jesse Lewis repeated his words 11 times: “Not guilty, your honour.”

Standing in the dock in Newfoundland and Labrador Supreme Court in St. John’s Friday, he was entering pleas, one by one, to charges related to a shooting in Avondale earlier this year.

Lewis, 20, told Chief Justice Raymond Whalen he wasn’t guilty of

aggravated assault, possessing a weapon for a dangerous purpose, careless use of a firearm, pointing a firearm, driving while disqualified and four counts of breaching court orders.

He will go to trial Sept. 11, 2018.

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Lewis was arrested April 21, after Holyrood RCMP officers received a call about a shooting and located a 32-year-old man with a gunshot wound to the leg. Lewis had allegedly fled the scene in a vehicle with three others.

Police eventually stopped the vehicle on the Trans-Canada Highway by using a spike belt, which flattened the vehicle’s tires. The driver attempted to keep going, but came to a stop near the Whitbourne turnoff.

Lewis — who had been released from jail the previous day after serving time for other charges, including assault, mischief and uttering threats — was arrested, as were the others in the vehicle. A woman, a man and a youth were charged with being Lewis’s accessories.

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