According to an NBC News report on Wednesday, October 4, 2023, a 46-year-old Indiana man is facing over 100 years in prison after being convicted of murdering his wife in front of their 11-year-old daughter and her friend.
On Tuesday, a Clark County jury found Mac Lewis guilty on all five felony counts related to the shooting death of his wife Elizabeth Bennett Lewis last year.
In addition to murder, Lewis was convicted of attempted murder and three counts of criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon.
The jury also found aggravating circumstances related to Lewis’ use of a handgun, which could add up to 20 more years to his sentence.
Elizabeth Lewis was fatally shot multiple times inside the home she shared with Lewis and their daughter.
At the time, the daughter and her 10-year-old friend were also present.
An autopsy determined the cause of death to be a gunshot wound below Elizabeth’s right eye that exited out the back of her head.
She sustained three other gunshot wounds with entry and exit points, as well as injuries from grazing bullets.
Prosecutors say Lewis shot his wife four times, killing her.
He also fired at least once at the daughter, leading to the attempted murder charge.
The reckless endangerment charges were due to Lewis firing the gun multiple other times in the home, with one bullet ending up lodged in a neighbor’s house.
When police arrived, Elizabeth’s inconsolable daughter was said to be covered in her mother’s blood. During the trial, prosecutors played a portion of the 911 call the daughter made after witnessing the shooting.
“My stepdad just killed my mom,” she told the dispatcher.
Lewis’s defense argued that he had the gun because he planned to commit suicide after his wife asked for a divorce.
They claimed Elizabeth was shot while trying to take the gun from Lewis, but prosecutors rejected that theory as an “insult” to the family.
The daughter, Elizabeth Bennett, was the child of Tony Bennett, a former Indiana state superintendent and Florida commissioner of education.
“After 18 months of absolute hell, today is the first day of justice for our beautiful daughter, their mom, our two grandchildren, and [their friend],” Tony Bennett said after the verdict.
Lewis will be sentenced on November 1st. He faces over 100 years behind bars based on multiple felony convictions.