Jury selections continues Thursday morning for alternates to hear evidence in the attempted murder trial of William Lewis, a 30 Haverstraw man accused of beating a neighbor with a guitar and stabbing him with a broken light bulb.
Eleven jurors has been chosen for the trial. Lewis is charged with second-degree attempted murder and first-degree assault. Supreme Court Justice William Kelly would like the attorneys to choose alternate jurors in the morning and have opening statements and some prosecution witnesses during the afternoon.
Lewis is accused of apparently trying to rob a neighbor at the New Main Street Hotel in Haverstraw village.
The victim spent about two weeks in a coma and a month recovering in the Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla. He suffered a skull fracture, a fracture to his right eye orbit, two fractured ribs and cuts.
Lewis and his lawyer, Martin Gotkin, turned down prosecutor Stephen Moore’s offer of 12 years in prison for a guilty plea. Attempted murder carries a maximum term of 25 years.
Lewis previously served nearly nine years in state prison for robbery out of Manhattan and had been released on parole in March 2012.