A prominent West Virginia attorney faces serious charges for shooting an apparent homeless veteran he says was staying on his property.Ex-West Virginia attorney general candidate Hiram Lewis is wielding the state’s so-called “Castle Doctrine” defence for shooting the man who claimed he was the lawyer’s roommate, the ABA Journal reported Thursday.
That law – like the controversial “Stand Your Ground” laws – justifies the use of violent force against home invaders.
Lewis claims that the man, Stephen Bogart, wasn’t really his roommate but was a homeless veteran he allowed to stay on his property for a week.
But then the veteran tried to break into his home, Lewis said.
“I was totally within my rights. I was in my home when I made the, when I shot him, after he barged in my residence and busted the door down,” Lewis told WDTV. “It’s in God’s hands now, but we are a Castle Doctrine State.”
Lewis was charged with malicious wounding and wanton endangerment, the ABA Journal reported.
The attorney came close to beating Darrell McGraw for a spot as the West Virginia attorney general in 2004 and also ran for the U.S. Senate in 2006, WDTV reported.
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