No speedy trial for suspect in Salem murder

LISBON – A brief hearing was held in Columbiana County Common Pleas Court Thursday morning for Quinton Lewis, accused in the shooting death of his half-brother, Marion Lewis, in December.

Quinton Lewis, 34, formerly of Lisbon, after speaking to his court-appointed defense attorneys Fred Naragon and Richard Hura, decided to sign a waiver to his right to a speedy trial, giving his attorneys more time to prepare a defense. Lewis is charged with murder with a firearm specification, having a weapon while under a disability and tampering with evidence.

Additionally, Judge Scott Washam approved a request by Lewis’ attorneys allowing him an investigator and process server to assist in his defense. An initial sum of $500 was ordered to pay for the investigator’s services.

Finally, the jury trial for Lewis was set for Aug. 11, although Lewis’ attorneys indicted they may be filing additional paperwork with the clerk of courts before that time in addition to the already filed request for discovery of evidence from the prosecutor’s office.

Lewis remains in the county jail on a $1 million bond. Family members, both local and from the Columbus area, were in the court room on Thursday. Lewis faces 15 years to life in prison if convicted of the unclassified felony charge.

According to investigators, Lewis is believed to have shot Marion Lewis four times from behind in the kitchen of a relative’s home on Walnut Street in Salem on Dec. 21. The gun suspected as the murder weapon was later found, along with Quinton Lewis’ cell phone, in a vehicle in the driveway behind the home.