Alex Lewis — the former Colorado lineman who announced his transfer to Nebraska in mid-May, only to be arrested hours later after an alleged fight — pleaded not guilty Friday to the second-degree felony assault charge that stemmed from the fight. His jury trial is set for Jan. 21.
But first, according to the Boulder Daily Camera, Lewis would like a second preliminary hearing to determine the evidence against him, after waiving the first one, Lewis’ new lawyer Gary Lozow claims, on bad advice from his first lawyer, Donald Brenner. Brenner removed himself from the case in August and has had his law license suspended in Colorado for one year and a day, the Daily Camera reported, after “failing to properly represent two of his other clients in cases unrelated to Lewis.”
When the World-Herald talked to Brenner in May, the lawyer seemed confident that the charge against Lewis – which stems from a fight on CU’s campus in which Lewis allegedly slammed a 22-year-old’s head against a sidewalk and a kiosk — would be reduced to a misdemeanor.
According to the Camera, Lozow claimed Brenner told Lewis that if he waived the hearing, he’d be allowed to plead guilty to a misdemeanor. Prosecutors offered that deal to Lewis’ former teammate, Colorado quarterback Jordan Webb, but apparently not Lewis. Webb subsequently pleaded guilty to third-degree assault and was sentenced to two years’ probation and a work crew assignment of 20 days, the Camera reported.
The Camera reported that Lozow wrote Lewis “did not knowingly and intelligently waive his right to preliminary hearing.”
The son of former Husker center Bill Lewis, Alex Lewis is currently attending the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. According to UNL’s Web site, an Alexander Lewis is enrolled as a junior sociology major. Lewis’ major at CU was also sociology.
NU coach Bo Pelini has only offered lengthy public comments on Lewis once at Big Ten Media Days.
“There is no Alex Lewis until, you know, I don’t know, to be honest with you,” Pelini said when asked whether Lewis would be a part of the team. “We’ll just see how that all plays out. There’s no guarantees for Alex Lewis. There never were.”