Trial continues in 2017 Atkinson Avenue killing


A Cuyahoga County medical examiner testified today in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court that a man who was shot to death in his bathroom last March had at least 16 gunshot wounds.

Dr. Thomas Gilson, who performed the autopsy on Ronald Lewis, 40, who was shot to death early March 24, 2017, as he was asleep in his home on Atkinson Avenue. His wife, who was sleeping next to him, was shot 10 times but survived

On trial before Judge R. Scott Krichbaum for the death of Lewis and the shooting of his wife is Gregory James, 37. Prosecutors said James and another man broke into Lewis’ house and shot him and his wife. Police have yet to charge another person for the death of Lewis.

James is a also a suspect in the death of Lewis’ brother, Javell Bates, who was shot March 8, 2017, on Josephine Avenue and died two days before Lewis was killed, but he has not been charged in that case. Prosecutors have said that Lewis was killed because his brother told him before he died that James shot him and James did not want Lewis to be a witness.

Testimony began Monday before Judge Krichbaum after jury selection was completed.

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