Bond hearing delayed for defendant in cyclist caseJoseph Alan Lewis, right, speaks with his attorney Overton Thierry, left, during an Aug. 1, 2014 preliminary hearing. File photo by Dan Whisenhunt
The man accused of running down a cyclist with his SUV requested a bond hearing on Sept. 11 but the judge declined, resetting the hearing to Oct. 14.
John Germani, the younger brother of cyclist Greg Germani, and Germani’s girlfriend Beth Anne Harrill said the bond request came as a last-minute surprise to the Fulton County District Attorney. The defendant, Joseph Alan Lewis, is accused of using his red Dodge Nitro to intentionally run down Germani on June 9. A judge ruled on Aug. 1 that there was enough evidence to move forward with the case.
Lewis’ girlfriend, Shanelle Woodard, is accused of helping Lewis cover up the crime. She is currently free on bond while she awaits her next court date.
The June 9 incident occurred on Flagler Avenue in Atlanta’s Piedmont Heights community. Lewis faces multiple charges, including attempt to commit murder.
Germani continues to show signs of improvement, Harrill said. He is currently in rehab as he recovers from the severe brain injury he received during the June 9 incident.
There’s another fundraiser planned for him on Nov. 7 at the Star Community Bar. There’s also a Go Fund Me account in Germani’s name to help him with his medical bills as he recovers. As of Sept. 12, the fund had raised $45,730.