CLAY, W.Va. – Hiram Lewis, acquitted Wednesday of malicious wounding, told MetroNews that taking the stand during his trial was a chance he was willing to take.

“I had nothing to hide and I wanted to tell my story,” he said.


Hiram Lewis during happier times on the Elk River.

Lewis was arrested June 13, 2012, when he shot Stephen Bogart in the knee after Bogart broke into Lewis’ home in Procious. Lewis said it was his God-given right to protect himself in that circumstance.

“I exercised my right, my fundamental right, under the Constitution, to act in self defense,” said Lewis, an attorney who has unsuccessfully run for state and federal office, including West Virginia attorney general and the U.S. Senate.

He felt he was targeted in the investigation and unfairly prosecuted. “I should never have been arrested,” he said. When it came time for a jury to decide his fate, the jurors determined he did not break the law.

“Twelve individuals looked at the facts of this case and realized there was no evidence that I did not act in self defense,” he said.

Even though he’s been acquitted, Lewis said the damage is done.

“Oh, it’s destroyed my reputation!”

What’s next for Lewis? He said he’s relieved he’ll get to keep his law license and plans to celebrate the upcoming holiday with a new outlook.

“This Fourth of July really has a special meaning to me. It truly is Independence Day!”

Lewis credited his faith in helping him make it through the past year.

MetroNews reached out to Clay County prosecutor Jim Samples for a comment on the verdict, but he did not immediately return a call.

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  • Friend

    Hiram is eccentric, but he is a kind hearted, giving man. He continued to give to his community through his ministry throughout this ordeal. Being odd does not make you a bad person it merely makes you an individual. So happy things worked out for you Mr. Lewis.

  • Dee

    Congrats Hiram. Very glad to hear of the acquittal. I wish you the very best!!

  • Magic Mike

    Should have put a few in the guys chest.

  • MrJ

    Introducing our next governor....

  • DaiAtlas

    Didn't he invite the guy into his home?

    Didn't he then threaten the officers who showed up after the shooting?

    Hiram got off... good for him.

    Hiram ain't all there, though...

    • Celeg


  • leroy jethro gibbs

    agree whatever happened to catch and release?

  • thornton

    Why would anyone shoot a musky in the knee, if one even knew where that was?

  • Metzger

    I feel that he used great restraint by only shooting him in the leg; break into my home and leave in a body bag.....
    tax payer money wasted

  • cutty77

    Like Beretta said. Don't Do The Crime if You can't Do The Time. LOL

  • Gunga Din

    Nice fish.

    • GregG

      I'm with you.......really nice muskie. I wonder if he caught it on a Bill Looney Amma Bama?

      • Top_Of_The_Line_Fisherman

        Nice Pike there, Mr. Hiram. You protected your right to be a fisherman, and for that, we salute you.

  • blugldmn

    I meant to say what was the basis or justification for the charge of malicious wounding....not "what was he charged with".

  • blugldmn

    What, where, why , when , who...

    What was he charged with?

    Why does he feel he was targeted?

    Who targeted him?

    When did it become illegal to use a weapon in your own home for self defense?

    Did these two people know each other before the incident?

    Where did the prosecutor get the idea that this was a malicious wounding?

    there sure is a lot left out of this story...that could have been included?

    Journalism much?

    • research

      Maybe you should do a bit of research on the internet and you will find more comprehensive articles written by metronews about this case, from arrest to verdict--this article was merely to get Lewis' reaction to the verdict--there was no need to repeat again and again the facts. Some readers need to be spoon fed like little babies--so sad.

    • Jonus Grumby

      Exactly. With what little was written in this story, I would have voted to acquit him also.