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Lewis' Father Speaks Out About Son's Charges

By Meghan Pinkley
By mpinkley@wbbjtv.com

The father of the former Madison County Sheriff's deputy accused of kidnapping and trying to kill his ex-wife gave 7 Eyewitness News an exclusive interview and talked about why he believes the charges will never stick.

Charles Lewis believes his son is not only incapable of something like this, but he wants the truth to come out and his good name cleared. "If something happened when he was a kid and growing up and you had to find out the truth, Chad would always tell the truth. He's not going to lie to you," said the upset father.

As far as Lewis' four charges including attempted first degree murder and especially aggravated kidnapping, his family thinks they are absurd. "Because the nature of Chad, he's not the type of person to do something like this," added Lewis.

One of Lewis' lifelong friends, Sarah Davis, said she was in shock when she heard the news. She said anybody else who knows him can vouch for his honest and laid back personality. Davis said she has never even seen Lewis mad at anyone.

But according to court documents, his ex-wife said Lewis handcuffed her, stabbed her and made threats to kill her and her two children, including their 4-year-old son. "There's no doubt that he would ever do anything to hurt any of them. He loved Heather very much," said Davis.

Davis added that although the couple was divorced, they were dating and up to about three weeks ago they were actually living together until he kicked her out.

Friends said they've been divorced for two years, though their relationship has been on and off for the last five. "I can't picture in my mind that he'd ever be mad enough or out of his mind enough to do something like that," said Davis.

Lewis said he has not had the time to talk to his son about what happened because they have been busy hiring an attorney and gathering bail money. "The time will come when we'll sit down and talk about it, but I already know. I know Chad well enough, I mean I'm his dad. I've known hims all his life," he said.

Even though his son is free on $150,000 bond, Lewis said he is not going anywhere.