Trial of Tony Lewis nears as pre-trial details are finalized

Monday, January 23, 2012 | 9:16 p.m. CST; updated 9:40 p.m. CST, Monday, January 23, 2012

COLUMBIA —Pretrial hearings for Tony Lewis continued Monday as the defense and prosecution deliberated over potential witnesses and evidence disclosure.

Lewis, 27, is charged with second-degree murder and second-degree robbery in the fatal shooting of Aaron Hobson in October 2010. He is one of eight defendants charged in the incident.

Hobson, of Kansas City, Kan., was 22 when he was killed in the parking lot of the Break Time convenience store at 110 E. Nifong Blvd.

During Monday's proceedings, Lewis sat tensely next to his defense attorney, Jennifer Bukowsky, who sparred verbally with Boone County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Knight.

One piece of evidence discussed was a .22 caliber handgun found in a pile of mulch outside Providence Urgent Care by Haley Saalborn, a nurse.

A background check on the gun revealed three people associated with the gun's ownership. These three people will stand as witnesses in the trial, which begins Jan. 30.

The attorneys also discussed the use of video surveillance as evidence. Bukowsky said the investigation of the video was riddled with prejudice.

Knight questioned portions of Bukowsky's evidence and the information behind it, particularly two pieces of evidence introduced in pretrial. Bukowsky did the same to portions of Knight's evidence.

"I don't know where this came from. I think it'd only be fair if I knew that," Knight said, describing two photos he said he'd received no information about. "Where is it? Where'd it come from?"

Despite the apparent lack of communication between the defense and prosecution, they were able to come to some agreement about trial proceedings.

Bukowsky said she's in the process of declaring the 11 witnesses she will choose from the long list of witnesses endorsed by the state, and Knight called for background information about jury members before the trial.

Bukowsky and Knight also agreed to not allow investigators in the courtroom when witnesses they personally interrogated were on the stand.

Lewis' trial will begin at 9 a.m. Jan. 30 at the Boone County Courthouse, with Judge Gary Oxenhandler presiding.

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