Charges against St. John deputy refused

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, January 9, 2013

By Kimberly Hopson

LAPLACE – The Jefferson Parish District Attorney’s Office confirmed Monday that charges against St. John the Baptist Parish sheriff’s deputy, Lt. Conrad Lewis, have been refused.
The court cited insufficient evidence as the reason for refusal.
Lewis was arrested in Metairie in late September for battery and drug possession after he allegedly beat his girlfriend. The responding deputy found a container of pills in Lewis’s belongings for which Lewis admitted he did not have a prescription.
According to the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office, witnesses saw Lewis repeatedly punching a woman inside a parked 2005 Dodge Durango at a parking lot on Labarre Road. An eyewitness in the area reported she heard the woman screaming for help while trying to exit the vehicle. The witness also told sheriff’s deputies she watched Lewis pull the woman back inside the SUV repeatedly before Jefferson Parish deputies arrived at the scene.
After the responding deputy obtained “conflicting statements” from Lewis and the victim, he arrested Lewis. The responding deputy wrote in his report that he observed “a large amount of blood” on the victim and her clothes.
Lewis was booked into the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center in Gretna.