Clark County

Lexington man to be arraigned Wednesday in Winchester killing

A Lexington man is scheduled to go to court Wednesday on charges related to the killing of a Winchester man during a robbery last week.

Aaron Lewis, 24, is scheduled to be arraigned in Clark District Court at 1 p.m. He is charged with murder and first-degree robbery in the death of Phillip Howard, 29, at Howard's home on Redwing Drive near the Winchester Kroger on May 23.

According to a uniform citation filed in Clark District Court, Lewis was one of two men who tried to rob Howard in his home. The other man, Demontez Cowherd, 25, was shot and killed.

Howard, who had been shot once, was alive when police arrived, the document said. He told officers he shot Cowherd, who had broken into his house.

Witnesses saw another man fleeing "armed with an assault rifle," the document said. Twenty minutes later, Lewis took himself to St. Joseph East in Lexington for treatment of a gunshot wound to his back.

Lewis told police that he had been robbed in Lexington and that the robbers had shot him, but the story could not be verified, the document said.

Lewis said he wasn't in Winchester when the shooting happened, but cellphone records showed he was in Winchester "less than 15 minutes prior" to the shooting.

"Based on this information, (Lewis) was charged," the document said.

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