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Murder Charges Will Not Be Filed In Johnston County Shooting

Posted April 11, 2003 8:06 a.m. EDT

— Murder charges will not be filed in connection with a shooting in Johnston County.

Officials said Ronnie Lewis shot and killed his next-door neighbor, Charles McCain, on April 6. McCain confronted Lewis after Lewis allegedly exposed himself to McCain's son.

According to District Attorney Tom Lock, Lewis was justified in using deadly force after the 6-foot-2, 350-pound McCain broke down Lewis' door and came into Lewis' house.

Lock said that Lewis was on the phone with a dispatcher from the Johnston County Sheriff's Office at the time he fired his 12-gauge shotgun at McCain, and McCain's threats are clearly audible on the 911 recording of Lewis' call.

Lock said that, no matter how understandable McCain's anger may have been, he had no lawful right to break into Lewis' residence and that Lewis' fear of imminent serious bodily harm was reasonable.

Lewis is charged with taking indecent liberties with a minor and indecent exposure. If convicted, he will have to register as a sex offender.