Clerical error leads to accidental release of violent murder suspect

Wednesday, May 26, 2010 at 8:45pm
Staff reports

Metro police say an accused murderer and gang member is on the streets because of a clerical error. Ex-convict Finis Lewis was mistakenly released from the Metro Jail May 14.

Law enforcement officers across the city are searching for the man police say should be considered “very dangerous.”

Lewis, 32, is under indictment for the August 2008 shooting death of Kenneth Crawley in the J.C. Napier Public Housing Development, police said. Crawley, 18, was on a bicycle when Lewis and a co-defendant got out of a pickup truck and allegedly gunned him down.

Lewis had been in custody since October 1, 2008. Police said residents in the J.C. Napier area actually thanked police and cheered when he was arrested.

An unrelated attempted murder charge against Lewis was dropped, apparently prompting his release. He was sentenced to 14 years in February 2000 for robbery convictions.

Lewis’ bail on the murder charge is set at $750,000. A criminal court bench warrant was issued for his arrest Tuesday.

Anyone seeing him or knowing his whereabouts is urged to immediately contact the Emergency Communications Center at 862-8600 or Crime Stoppers at 74-CRIME.


4 Comments on this post:

By: waycool1 on 5/27/10 at 8:50

And if this guy kills someone, I wonder what kind of excuse these Key Stone Cops will come up with.

By: cmarcus45 on 5/27/10 at 11:12

Everyone makes mistakes but, man, this was a big one.

By: steelergirl on 5/27/10 at 12:10

waycool1....dimwit...the police are not the ones who let him out...and ill bet they are the first ones you call when you get scared at night and then whine cause they're not quick enough....and what do you do for a living?...maybe nothing?

By: waycool1 on 5/28/10 at 11:19

If he was released by Metro Jail, the cops let him out. I'm a college grad & work fulltime. Go back to Pittsburgh, with your Rapist QB. YOu buddies with him, steelergirl?? Lowlife.......