Accused murderer faces third assault charge

Latest case alleging attacks on fellow Canadian County jail inmates

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Javier Devonte Lewis

By Conrad Dudderar
Staff Writer

EL RENO – A Canadian County inmate already jailed for first-degree murder now faces a third charge alleging he attacked other inmates.

Moore’s Javier Devonte Lewis, 19, was charged March 8 with misdemeanor assault and battery in Canadian County District Court.

It’s the latest criminal case against Lewis filed by the Canadian County District Attorney’s Office.

The Canadian County Sheriff’s Office investigated the Feb. 14th incident that occurred inside the county jail, 304 N Evans in El Reno.

Prosecutors allege Lewis struck another inmate “about the head and torso multiple times with force and violence.”

A second misdemeanor assault and battery charge, filed June 2, 2021, also is pending against Lewis.

The sheriff’s office investigated that May 11, 2021, crime at the county jail in which Lewis allegedly struck another inmate “repeatedly about the face with closed fists with force and violence.”

The alleged victim was taken to the El Reno hospital for x-rays and to get stitches near his eyes.

Lewis and another accused first-degree murderer, Yukon’s George Lorenz Way, were charged Nov. 4, 2021, with felony aggravated assault and battery for beating another inmate Sept. 6 inside a jail cell.

The alleged victim was taken to an El Reno hospital emergency room for treatment of head, face, spine, back, and rib injuries sustained in that attack.

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COURT HEARING SET MARCH 17

Defendant Lewis already is facing the death penalty or life in prison after being charged May 4, 2021, for allegedly committing four felony offenses:

First-degree murder – deliberate intent, shooting with intent to kill, pattern of criminal offenses, and endangering others while eluding/attempting to elude police officers.

A status conference is set March 17 before Canadian County District Judge Jack D. McCurdy II.

Lewis is accused of killing Emilia Koteen, 36, on April 19, 2021, in the driveway of a home in the 12000 block of S.W. 15th Terrace.

Lewis caused Koteen’s death “with malice aforethought” by shooting her in the head with a handgun, according to court documents.

After the shooting, Lewis allegedly led officers on a pursuit and rammed a police car with his vehicle before being arrested.

Judge McCurdy in October 2021 bound Lewis over for trial after finding probable cause the defendant committed the first-degree murder and related crimes, court records show.

Lewis is represented by public defenders J.P. Hill and Sammy Duncan.

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