Mother fights for justice in son's murder case

Updated: 12/17/2013 7:17 PM | Created: 12/17/2013 7:12 PM
By: Erica Zucco, KOB Eyewitness News 4

A New Mexico mother was in court Tuesday hoping for a new development in the case of her son's murder in 2009. But she did not learn when the man police say shot her son would go to trial.

"My son was beautiful. He was kind. At his funeral service, everyone said he never said a bad word about anyone," Larissa Lewis said.

Lewis lost her son, Kerry Evans Lewis, four and a half years ago.

"They said he was terminal in the emergency room… that was at 2 o'clock and I went there and we decided to donate his organs," Lewis said.

Two of the men police say were involved have already taken plea deals. But Luis Martinez, who police say fired the fatal shot, still hasn't gone to trial.

Tuesday morning, Lewis sat in the courtroom as attorneys updated a judge on their progress in the case. She hoped they'd set a trial date, but they did not do so yet.

"Unfortunately, because of what I've noticed as a pattern, it's predictable. I'm not surprised, but it's very disturbing," Lewis said.

Many murder cases take years to get through the system. But Lewis says that's no comfort to her.

"It's four and a half years later. It took me nine months of demanding action to move the case forward because there were no charges filed. And it's been very strange - on and off hearings... plea deals that are lame, not appropriate," Lewis said.

Lewis says she won't rest until the truth comes out.

The district attorney's office says the case will go to trial--it will be up to a judge to set the trial date. 

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