Beaumont man indicted for strangulation murder

Beaumont man indicted for strangulation murder

Robert Lewis, 62, of Beaumont, was indicted in Jefferson County for murder Sept. 20. Lewis was originally arrested for the crime on Aug. 11 after police responded to a report of a disturbance on Pine Street and found the suspect at the location with a man who had apparently been strangled.

According to the original news release from police, officers responded to an apartment in the 2800 block of Pine Street pertaining to the disturbance called into dispatch at 7:30 a.m. Later the same day, at 6:58 p.m., they arrested Lewis for murdering George Erwin, a 63-year-old Beaumont man. Police said the men had become involved in an argument that escalated into violence, with Lewis ultimately strangling Erwin to death with his bare hands.

If convicted of murder, Lewis faces life imprisonment or five to 99 years behind bars, as well as a fine of up to $10,000.

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