An attorney who offered up $5,000 of his own money toward a Central Ohio Crime Stoppers reward said on Tuesday that he was upset about the organization’s response time.
Following 10 Investigates phone calls and questions about the delays, the organization updated its site on Tuesday regarding the new reward for information about the Jan. 18, 2008 murder of Dennis Lewis.
Attorney Adam Nemann said that he was upset about the organization’s response time and thinks it could slow the speed at which the murder of the twin brother is solved.
“I did (expect it to be updated), at least within a reasonable amount of time,” Nemann said. “Instead, we have individuals accused of stealing gas from a Shell station. I don’t think that takes precedent.”
Nemann first offered the money during a special 10 Investigates look into the five-year-old case.
Five years ago, a pack of robbers broke into a north Columbus home and held partially paralyzed April Lewis at gunpoint. Then, as crime scene photos obtained by 10 Investigates show, the intruders ravaged April's home and broke into son Dennis Lewis' bedroom.
That's where they beat him bloody. After the beating, they shot the 17-year-old to death.
Dennis’ twin brother, Derris, was jailed in connection with his brother’s death, but was released 18 months later.
Derris told 10 Investigates last month that he hoped 10TV’s investigation and his attorney’s willingness to put up his own money toward a reward would bring attention to the cold case.
“We just can’t sweep this under the rug,” Derris Lewis said.
Nemann said that his goal is to make sure a death like Dennis’ doesn’t happen again.
“We’ve seen enough of this in the past,” Nemann said. “It’s been five years. We would ask this case to be put back in the spotlight.”
10 Investigates reviewed the Central Ohio Crime Stoppers’ website on Tuesday and found that the most recent posting was from several years ago.
Bill Taylor, a spokesman for Central Ohio Crime Stoppers, called the lack of update “oversight.”
“Crime Stoppers is all volunteer,” Taylor said. “We want to make sure the contributors are getting their money’s worth. Like I said, we want to go bring these to a successful conclusion as fast as we can.’’
Anyone with information about Dennis Lewis’ murder investigation is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 614-461-TIPS.
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