Knox County victim's family looks on as murder suspect appears before judge

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KNOX COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT/WKYT) - The case against Knox County murder suspect Phillip Lee Lewis moved forward Tuesday.

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Investigators said Lewis shot Gary Medlin while attempting to rob a convenience store. Sister station WKYT was at the preliminary hearing, where Medlin's family sat and watched.

Lewis pleaded not guilty earlier this month, and told WYMT in an interview that he was framed. The judge waived his case Tuesday to a grand jury and kept his bond at $1 million cash.

"Nobody framed him, nobody nothing, he did this himself. The evidence that they have, it's a strong case, I mean it was him, the evidence doesn't lie that they have and they will find out," said Brandy Frechede, Medlin's mother.

Some of the family members wore t-shirts with Medlin's picture and the hashtag #JusticeforGary.

"We're Gary's voice now. We honor him, we are going to get justice for him, we will be here every time," said Frechede. "Everybody shows support. He's gone so we are here. We are here for him, we are standing in his spot."

"Court, in the mix of it, kind of open those wounds back up that you are trying to deal with on a daily basis," said Mindy Medlin, Gary's wife. "It's just really nerve-racking."

Lewis is expected back in court next Friday.

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