A former Hunt County constable, convicted of murder in connection with a shooting death in Rockwall County, has been found dead in his state prison cell as a result of an apparent suicide.
Anthony Dewayne Lewis entered guilty pleas in October of last year to one count of murder and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in connection with the Feb. 16, 2013 incident during which Jessica Aguilar of Rockwall was killed and Francisco Delacruz of Dallas was wounded. Lewis was sentenced to 60 years in prison on the charges.
Lewis’ body was found in his cell in the Stiles Unit Wednesday afternoon, according to a statement from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice:
“TDCJ offender Anthony Lewis, 49 years of age, was discovered on the floor of his assigned cell at the Stiles Unit in Beaumont on Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at 12:27 p.m. He had what appeared to be a self-inflicted laceration to the right side of his neck. Medical personnel were immediately notified and he was taken to the unit infirmary where he was pronounced dead at 12:40 p.m. The incident remains under investigation by the Office of Inspector General. Offender Lewis began serving a 60-year sentence in TDCJ on October 8, 2013 for Murder and Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon in Rockwall County.”
Lewis was involved with a shootout with law enforcement following the end of a chase the same evening as the shooting.
Lewis’ vehicle was spotted by law enforcement a short time after the shootings and the pursuit began, ending on the service road of westbound Interstate 30 near the Monty Stratton Parkway. Lewis was reported by officers on the scene to have exited his vehicle and to have pointed a handgun at the officers, at which time he was shot.
A 9 mm handgun in Lewis’ possession was recovered at the scene.