Court date for doctor charged in Rowley Street investigation postponed

Updated: 04/10/2014 2:43 PM
Created: 04/10/2014 3:47 AM WHEC.com

A local psychiatrist, accused of moving the body of a missing man to his backyard, was supposed to be in court Thursday but his case has been postponed until next week.

Dr. William Lewek's lawyers were supposed to argue he should be placed in a program that would treat a drug addiction, known as the judicial diversion program. Lawyers say it could reduce charges and reduce a sentence. Lewek applied to the program late last month, but prosecutors opposed the idea, saying the program is for drug addicts who commit crimes to fuel their drug habit. Prosecutors claim Lewek does not fit this case.

Lewek was charged with tampering with evidence and possession of cocaine after police discovered the body of missing man Matthew Straton partially buried in Lewek's Rowley Street back yard in January.

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