Updated: 05/22/2014 5:23 PM
Created: 05/22/2014 2:18 PM WHEC.com
News10NBC has an update in the case of a local psychiatrist accused of moving the body of a missing man and partially burying it in his yard.
A hearing was held this afternoon to determine if Dr. William Lewek will be allowed to enter a special program for people with drug habits facing criminal charges. That would mean Lewek could see a reduction in charges and sentencing. Today, Judge Vincent Dinolfo denied Lewek entry into that diversion program.
Lewek is accused of moving the body of Matthew Straton who was reported missing in October. Lewek is not charged with Straton's death.
In court today, Lewek’s attorney, Matthew Parrinello, told the court his client is a perfect candidate for the judicial diversion program but Judge Dinolfo disagreed.
Lewek has been indicted for possession of illegal drugs and tampering with evidence in connection with the discovery of Straton's body behind his Rowley Street home last fall. We're told Lewek admitted to police he had buried the 32-year-old after he died of a drug overdose while using drugs at his home.
Family members were in court when Parrinello told the court Lewek's judgment was impaired by drugs and alcohol and said Lewek is not a violent person or a threat to the community. Prosecutor Kelly Wolford said Lewek walked past his body every day and never called police.
Straton's mother, Kym Straton, says Lewek should be held accountable. She said, "I’m hoping that justice is served. I’m hoping that this man, however it comes out, pays for what happened to Matt. Whether or not he had anything to do with his death, he definitely didn’t help contribute to save Matt."
Attorney Matthew Parrinello said, “I think he fits 100-percent within the purpose of that court, he should be in that court but I think it was just a little too much media exposure, a little too much pressure.”
Wolford says had Lewek been admitted into the diversion program and successfully completed all of the requirements, he could have walked a free man.