Hebron shooting suspect may face trial

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HEBRON, Neb. (KSNB) A Hebron man arrested after a fatal shooting in October has been transferred to a higher court for possible trial.

Michael Lewis, 21, is charged with Use of a Firearm to Commit a Felony and with felony First Degree Assault.

State Patrol reports indicate a series of events which began with a disturbance between multiple parties at approximately 1:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 27 at a residence at 200 North Elm Street in Davenport. At that point, it was reported to Thayer County dispatch that a Michael Lewis pointed a gun at another person during the incident, but when deputies arrived, the individuals reportedly responsible for the assault and pointing a gun were no longer there.

That incident prompted another at approximately 3:20 a.m. at a residence at 625 Jefferson Avenue in Hebron, when Michael Lewis called Thayer County dispatch and said he caught two people breaking into the residence and shot them.

Remington Elting, 28, of Davenport, and Reuben Elting were both found at the scene with gunshot wounds when deputies and Hebron Rescue responded the residence on Jefferson Avenue.

Both were transported to the hospital were Remington was pronounced dead. Reuben was then flown to Bryan West Medical Center in Lincoln where at last report he was in critical condition.

Other court documents indicate that Lewis told State Patrol Investigators that he was awakened by two men banging on the front door of the home. After arguing with the men, Lewis locked the door and then retrieved his 9 mm handgun. Lewis then heard one of the men banging on the side door, and then stepped out to talk to Remington Elting, someone he used to work with. After an altercation, Lewis shot Remington from his knees, and then saw Reuben Elting coming after him and shot him because he didn't stop when Lewis told him to.

Investigators say in the documents that Lewis said he wasn't trying to murder anyone.

On Friday, Lewis waived an evidence hearing in Thayer county court in Hebron. The judge then bound over Lewis to Thayer county district court where he could face trial.

If convicted on both felony charges, Lewis could get as much as 100 years in prison. His next hearing for district court arraignment is December 4th.