Three men entered not-guilty pleas in the 27th Judicial District Court on Thursday morning in unrelated felony charges in Killeen.
A formal arraignment was held for Darryl Michael Lewis, 28, who is accused of a third-degree felony charge of continuous violence against a family member. After the charge was read in open court, he pleaded not guilty.
Lewis was listed in the Bell County Jail on Thursday in lieu of a bond of $100,000. He also is facing Class C misdemeanor charges of bail jumping and driving with an invalid license, jail records showed.
Killeen police on June 6 responded to the emergency room of a hospital in reference to suspicions of continuous violence against the same family member. A woman told police that Lewis assaulted her at her residence on Cantabrian Drive, according to the arrest affidavit. She said that Lewis arrived at her home intoxicated and she told him to leave but he refused, called her a name and punched her in her face, police said. She told police that he punched her several more times, leaving her “semi-conscious.”
Police said that it was the third time Lewis assaulted the same woman, with previous incidents allegedly occurring on July 13, 2018, and Oct. 6, 2018.
Prosecutors were able to get the misdemeanor charge of assault on a family member enhanced to a third-degree felony because of the two previous incidents.
Two other men who were scheduled for formal arraignments on Thursday but their defense attorney filed a waiver, which means the court automatically enters a not-guilty plea.
Both Tylun Ian Druilhet, 19, and David Cramer, 70, have pretrial hearing scheduled for Dec. 5, according to the court coordinator’s office. Druilhet’s bond was set at $250,000 on a first-degree felony charge of aggravated robbery after police said he robbed a store clerk at gunpoint in the 3000 block of Lake Road in July.
Cramer remains in jail in lieu of a bond of $100,000 on a first-degree felony charge of aggravated sexual assault of a child younger than 6 years old, according to the indictment.