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Hiram Lewis to undergo competency evaluation after court hearing

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A former political candidate who shot a homeless man was back in court on Thursday.

In November, Hiram Lewis was arrested for intimidating the same people who arrested him in June.

His problems started six months again when he shot Stephen Bogart in the leg at his Clay County home, located in Procious.

"You can believe it or not. I'm not crazy. I was just doing the lord's work and trying to help a homeless, what he said to be a Marine Corps Veteran," he said.

Lewis said the shooting was in self-defense.

"I locked him out of my house. He busted my door down, broke it down and tried to kill me and I wounded him. I could have killed him. I dropped the gun from his head to knee at the last second. That was out of grace," he said.

Lewis appeared in front of Judge Richard Facemire for a bond revocation hearing.

The hearing was a result of his most recent charge, intimidation of a state's witness.

Lewis is accused of threatening Sheriff Randy Holcomb to drop his felony charges in the Bogart case.

He has been charged with two felony counts; malicious wounding and wanton endangerment.

Lewis denies the claims, but prosecutors tried to revoke his bond and throw him in jail anyway.

The state also asked the judge to make Lewis undergo a competency evaluation to see if he's even fit for trial. This notion is something Lewis said is ridiculous.

"In this case, the state is the one who is incompetent, and they are questioning my competency?"

The judge granted the competency evaluation but didn't revoke Lewis' bond.

Facemire said he doesn't think Lewis is a danger to society. Lewis will be able to stay on home confinement until he has to appear in court again.

His competency evaluation hearing hasn't been scheduled yet.