LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A 39-year-old Lufkin man pleaded guilty to a murder charge Wednesday in connection to allegations that he shot and killed a man at the Lotus Lane apartments in September of 2016.
Warren Ernest Lewis appeared in Judge Bob Inselmann's 217th Judicial District Court Wednesday morning. He pleaded guilty to a first-degree felony murder charge, according to court records.
Jury selection for the Lewis' sentencing trial is scheduled for April 24. The trial is scheduled to start on April 25, and it is expected to take three days, according to court records.
According to the arrest affidavit, Lufkin PD officers responded to reports of shots fired at the Lotus Lane Apartments, which are located in the 3300 block of Lotus Lane in September of 2016.
When the LPD officers arrived on the scene, they found Billy Carter lying in the parking lot. He was bleeding from multiple gunshot wounds, the affidavit stated.
Carter was transported by ambulance to CHI St. Luke's Health Memorial Hospital in Lufkin, where he later died as a result of his injuries.
One of the responding Lufkin PD officers spoke to three people that said they witnessed the shooting incident. All three of them told the officer that Lewis was the one who shot Carter, the affidavit stated.
While the Lufkin PD officer was interviewing the witnesses, the dispatcher told him that Lewis was at the Angelina County Jail trying to turn himself in to authorities.
A Lufkin PD sergeant interviewed Lewis, and he admitted to shooting Carter because "he had grown tired of Carter talking s--- about him," the affidavit stated.
Based on information Lewis provided to the Lufkin Police Department, an LPD detective was able to recover the pistol believed to have been used in the shooting incident, the affidavit.