Police Search For Motive Behind Double Homicide

| by Reve Fisher
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Police in Elyria, Ohio, are trying to determine the motive behind a mysterious double homicide.

On Jan. 31, 32-year-old Michael Lewis and his wife, 22-year-old Fannie Lewis, were found dead inside a rented vehicle. Elyria police were called to the scene around 10:30 p.m. after having received reports of gunshots.

When officers arrived, they found a Chevrolet Traverse with a man in the driver’s seat and a woman in the passenger seat, both of whom were pronounced dead at the scene.

Although both victims had gunshot wounds, autopsies were scheduled to determine the causes of death, reports WJW.

Elvira Police Department's Capt. Chris Constantino said officers have yet to determine a motive, and they don't know if drugs played a role in the double homicide, reported The Chronicle & Telegram.

“We’re in the early stages of the investigation, and we’re still interviewing people and developing leads,” explained Constantino.

A resident of the area, who wished to remain anonymous, told The Chronicle & Telegram he was surprised when he saw the parking area near his apartment was taped off. Another resident commented that she’s considering moving, as police are called to the neighborhood frequently.

The couple lived in a nearby neighborhood, according to The Chronicle & Telegram.

Michael had a criminal record that included felony charges for cocaine trafficking. He was sentenced to three years in prison in 2009. Records state that he and Fannie married in August 2011, while he was serving his prison sentence.

Attorney Michael Stepanik, who represented Lewis in an unresolved cocaine trafficking case, told The Chronicle & Telegraph his client was well-liked and hadn’t had any violations throughout his parole. He also doubted that his wife had similar issues with the law. Stepanik stated that he knew little about the shooting, and that he was surprised to hear that the couple were the victims.

“Say what you will about a person having multiple felonies and going to prison, but he was a good guy,” Stepanik said.

Sources: The Chronicle & Telegram (2), WJW / Photo credit: WJW

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