Gallitzin woman faces murder charges in double homicide
Lewis accused of knowing more about shooting than she let on
Police added murder to a list of charges against a Gallitzin woman allegedly involved in a double homicide in May, a commonwealth criminal complaint stated.
After reviewing digital messages on cellphones and social media accounts, the Altoona Police Department charged Onya Lewis, 31, with two counts of second-degree murder for her alleged involvement in the slayings of 52-year-old Natalie Washington and 28-year-old Mikal Jackson-Stevenson, court documents stated.
Lewis was previously charged with several crimes relating to aggravated assault, possession of controlled substances with intent to deliver and flight to avoid apprehension.
Washington and Jackson-Stevenson were killed by gunfire May 28 inside Washington’s first floor apartment at 2606 Beale Ave.
While police accused Lewis’ boyfriend, Isiah “Zay” Payne, of shooting both the victims, court documents state Lewis allegedly knew Payne might commit the act, lied to close friends about her relationship with Payne after the incident and picked the destination the pair would flee to, according to a police report.
Police reported Lewis was present when the alleged murder weapon was pawned in Georgia.
On the night of the incident, Lewis dropped Payne off near the Beale Avenue residence and drove away, picking him up in a different location, court documents stated.
When Lewis was asked about why she didn’t stay parked in one spot, she didn’t give a reason –despite the pair being able to meet up immediately at the second location, police reported.
After the shootings, Lewis and Payne packed up and moved to Johnstown for a few days before heading to Georgia, a destination that was picked by Lewis in a text message to Payne, police reported.
On July 10, the two were arrested by U.S. Marshals in New Castle, Delaware, on drug charges filed June 26 in Blair County and brought back to Altoona on Wednesday.
Lewis was arraigned Thursday by Magisterial District Judge Ben Jones, who denied her bail because of the murder charges. She is jailed at the Blair County Prison, court documents stated.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Lewis on Dec. 2 before Jones.
Mirror Staff Writer Ike Fredregill is at 814-946-7458.