— Editor’s note: This is the first of a two-part story on recent grand jury indictments. The first part includes those formally charged on violent crimes and drug offenses. The second part, which includes those formally charged with sex offenses and property crimes, will appear in Thursday’s edition of The News Courier.
A Pennsylvania man has been formally charged with attempted murder in connection with the shooting of his Athens girlfriend in June.
Randy Lamar Lewis, 31, is among 188 people recently indicted by a Limestone County grand jury. He was one of two men indicted for attempted murder during the last grand jury session of 2011. The other charged was Elkmont teenager Nathan Gene Harville, who is accused of attacking a female neighbor while claiming the incident was a prank gone awry. During a weeklong session, grand jurors also indicted four men in two separate robbery cases, one of which involved two 14-year-old boys who say they were robbed at gunpoint.
Lewis is accused of shooting his girlfriend, Kimberly Nance, 39, with a .357 Magnum on June 19 while she was a passenger in his car.
Authorities said Lewis had been going to school in Pennsylvania to study engine repair and Nance, who had been an on-again, off-again girlfriend for 13 years, had come to stay with him for two or three weeks before Memorial Day. She did not like it there and decided to come home, said Limestone County Sheriff’s Chief Investigator Stanley McNatt at the time of the shooting. The bullet entered Nance’s left arm then exited her left breast, re-entered her body and exited through her right side, McNatt said.
Nance reportedly called Lewis on Friday, June 17, and suggested they reunite. Lewis came to Athens and the couple got a room at the Bomar Inn on U.S. 31, McNatt said.
On Sunday morning, June 19, the two were on U.S. 31 in a 1991 Corvette owned by Lewis’ father, when an argument ensued.
Lewis told investigators Nance had stabbed him in the past, so when she reached for her purse he feared she was drawing a knife, so he pulled the handgun and accidentally fired it, McNatt said.
Lewis telephoned 911 to say he had picked up a hitchhiker who was shot and was taking her to Decatur General Hospital.
Amid questioning by a Decatur Police officer, Lewis left the hospital when the officer turned to talk to someone else. Limestone Deputy Cody Lewter, who had also gone to Decatur General, was able to speak to Nance, who told him it was her boyfriend who shot her, McNatt said.
After a 10-minute chase, law-enforcement officials stopped Lewis on Alabama 67 and found the gun in the car. During questioning by Limestone officials, Lewis admitted he shot Nance.