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Lewis Appears in Court; Resigns from the Sheriff's Department

By 7 Eyewitness News Staff
By news@wbbjtv.com

The Madison County Sheriff's Deputy charged in the kidnapping and stabbing of his ex-wife appeared in court, Thursday morning.

Chad M. Lewis, 29, is charged with attempted first degree murder, especially aggravated kidnapping, aggravated domestic assault and tampering with evidence.

According to Sheriff David Woolfork, Lewis voluntarily resigned Thursday in lieu of facing disciplinary action from the Sheriff's Department.

Investigators believe Lewis kidnapped his ex-wife from her home in the 60 block of Howeston Mill Drive. He then drove her to his residence at on Old Hickory Boulevard. From there, he allegedly took her to the Coca-Cola Bottling Company on North Parkway East where he reportedly stabbed her in the chest. Lewis is believed to have then drove her to Henderson.

Lewis is believed to have thrown the knife used in the crime out of his truck window in Chester County. He was taken into custody by Henderson police.

In court, Lewis' attorney Joe Byrd, Jr. said there was no proof that Lewis stabbed the victim and she could have stabbed herself.

Bond was set at $150,000 even though Byrd argued that bond should be set lower due to Lewis' years of service to the community.

Lewis has been ordered by the court to turn in his firearms to the Jackson Police Department. He has also been ordered to have no contact with the alleged victim.

A relative of the victim reported that she is in stable condition in the ICU at the hospital but is in a lot of pain.

Chad Lewis is scheduled to return to Jackson City Court on June 14.