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Hearing in cyclist case deferred

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Hearing in cyclist case deferred

Atlanta Police escort Shanelle Woodard, 22, to a waiting police van on July 16. Woodard is accused of helping Joseph Alan Lewis conceal evidence in the case of an aggravated assault against a cyclist. Photo by Dan Whisenhunt
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Atlanta Police escort Shanelle Woodard, 22, to a waiting police van on July 16.  Woodard is accused of helping Joseph Alan Lewis conceal evidence in the case of an aggravated assault against a cyclist. Photo by Dan Whisenhunt

Atlanta Police escort Shanelle Woodard, 22, to a waiting police van on July 16. Woodard is accused of helping Joseph Alan Lewis conceal evidence in the case of an aggravated assault against a cyclist. Photo by Dan Whisenhunt

The preliminary hearing for two defendants charged in connection with an assault that put a local cyclist in the hospital has been delayed.

Police accuse Joseph Alan Lewis, 19, of using a red Dodge Nitro to run Greg Germani down while he was riding his bike on Flagler Avenue on June 9 in Atlanta’s Piedmont Heights community. Police also accused Lewis’ girlfriend, Shanelle Woodard, of helping him conceal evidence of the crime.

Germani suffered a brain injury and remains hospitalized.

The two defendants were scheduled for a preliminary hearing today, July 31.

The prosecutor asked for a one day delay in Lewis’ case because the detective in the case won’t be available until Friday, Aug. 1. Woodard’s case delayed was pending further notice to indict. Her attorney, Robert Williams, said no new court date has been set for his client. He had no further comment.

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