Update: Police release new details about Knox County murder suspect

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KNOX COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - Updated Monday
Kentucky State Police released more information about Philip Lee Lewis, III and his arrest.

Lewis was arrested Friday in Flint, Michigan on robbery and murder charges, along with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Police said he shot and killed Gary Medlin of Knox County nearly a month ago.

Lewis was identified by fingerprints left on a drink at the store. Authorities were searching for him since 2017 due to a parole violation.

A CrimeStoppers' tip led police to the home in Flint, where they found Lewis with his girlfriend and others. They announced over a PA system for Lewis to come out, which he did without giving police any trouble. He is in the Genesee County Jail until US Marshals extradite him to Kentucky.

State police are still investigating the robbery gone wrong. They do not know why Lewis was in Kentucky, and are still looking for the driver of the car Lewis left the scene of the crime in. Police said more arrests are possible.

Strangely enough, Lewis is apparently an amateur rapper and recorded a YouTube video called "Dropping Bodies", which was uploaded several days after the Knox County murder. In his song, he talks about killing people.

Though it is unclear whether the song is connected to Medlin's death, we have decided not to include the video in this article out of respect to Medlin's family and due to the graphic lyrics.

Updated Friday, 4:30 p.m.
Police have caught the man suspected of shooting a Knox County man during a robbery.

We are told Philip Lee Lewis was arrested in Flint, Michigan earlier today around 3:50 p.m.

Michigan State Police, U.S. Marshals and the FBI worked together to capture him.

Lewis is awaiting extradition to Kentucky, where he faces federal and state charges for murder and first-degree robbery.

The family of the victim, Gary Medlin, said life will never be the same.

"It has just killed us. Because someone took his life. It wasn't an accident," said Brooklyn Young, Medlin's sister.

Medlin was a son, husband and father. His youngest is only two-years-old.

"He's not going to ever know his dad. Not going to ever be able to remember him. Just by what we tell him,' said Young.

The family was confident police would eventually find Lewis.

"We've had a lot of help. People posting his picture. That has helped a lot," Young asserted. "To know they want help and will help as much as we want him to get caught."

Original Story Friday, 4:00 p.m.
It's been more than three weeks since a Southern Kentucky man was murdered inside a store, and the suspect has not been caught.

Gary Wayne Medlin was killed as he was trying to leave a Knox County store. Police said Philip Lewis killed him while trying to commit a robbery, and may be in Flint, Michigan where his family lives.

Our reporter talked to Medlin's family, who are still searching for justice.

"It's very frustrating. If he thinks he is going to be safe, maybe he will think that and start using social media again so they will find him or maybe he will go into a store and be recognized," said Brooklyn Young, Medlin's sister.

Police and FBI have pinged several cell phones Lewis has used and followed some social media accounts. Police believe it is just a matter of time before they find him.

The A & B Quick Stop where the shooting happened has since closed. A sign posted outside said it was out of respect for Medlin's family.




 
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