Houston & Peach

Federal trucking case dismissed against man behind Houston County killing

WARNER ROBINS -- A federal trucking case involving the man behind a Houston County contract killing has been dismissed.

Devasko Lewis, 36, a former Cordele trucking company owner, was convicted in April by a Houston County jury of murder and related charges for hiring Jamarcus Clark to kill federal witness Corey Daniels. But Clark killed Daniels’ nephew Kerry Glenn by mistake behind Daniels’ home near Perry in January 2014.

Lewis currently is serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole, plus 10 years, for Glenn’s killing. Clark, who testified against Lewis, is serving a life sentence with the possibility of parole.

The trucking case and all related charges against Lewis were dismissed last month in federal court based on the sentence Lewis received in the Houston County case, according to federal court records.

“Based on the imposition of a sentence of life without the possibility of parole ... matters of public and judicial economy warrant dismissal without prejudice,” Assistant U.S. District Attorney Robert D. McCullers said in a written motion for dismissal.

Senior U.S. District Judge W. Louis Sands dismissed the case “without prejudice,” which means the prosecution could choose at a later date to proceed with the case.

A federal grand jury indicted Lewis on May 16 on charges of making false statements and conspiring to continue operating his trucking company after he was ordered to stop, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Macon.

Lewis, who ran Lewis Trucking, was told to stop operations under an order issued in October 2008 by a branch of the Department of Transportation. The order was issued based on safety issues and other irregularities.

Lewis was accused of violating the order by continuing to operate commercial motor vehicles and concealing his true involvement by filing applications for Department of Motor Carrier numbers under names other than his own.

In relation to Daniels, Lewis was accused of transferring ownership and assets of the trucking business to Daniels, but continuing to operate the business through Daniels. Lewis testified at his murder trial that Daniels was in the process of buying the business over time and that he did not think he was prohibited from helping him with the business.

Daniels also kept cash and three trucks when the business ceased operations, after he made a deal with prosecutors that kept him out of prison and included testimony against Lewis, according to testimony.

Lewis has filed a motion for a new trial in Houston County Superior Court on the murder conviction.

To contact writer Becky Purser, call 256-9559.