Grand Jury indicts defendant in cyclist case

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt October 14, 2014
Joseph Alan Lewis, right, speaks with his attorney Overton Thierry, left, during an Aug. 1 preliminary hearing. Photo by Dan Whisenhunt

Joseph Alan Lewis, right, speaks with his attorney Overton Thierry, left, during an Aug. 1 preliminary hearing. Photo by Dan Whisenhunt

This story has been updated. 

A man accused of intentionally running over a cyclist with his SUV was formally indicted by a grand jury on Friday, Oct. 10.

Joseph Alan Lewis faces numerous charges stemming from the June 9 incident. Police allege that Lewis used his red Dodge Nitro to critically injure cyclist Greg Germani as he was riding on Flagler Avenue in Atlanta’s Piedmont Heights community. The alleged attack followed a verbal argument between the two men, police said.

Germani suffered a serious brain injury.

The charges against Lewis include criminal attempt to commit murder, aggravated battery, aggravated assault, serious injury by vehicle, criminal damage to property and tampering with evidence. Lewis’ girlfriend, Shanelle Woodard, is accused of helping him cover up the crime. She’s charged with tampering with evidence and hindering apprehension of a criminal, but the Fulton County District Attorney’s office said she hasn’t been formally indicted. Attempts to reach her attorney have been unsuccessful.

Beth Anne Harrill, Germani’s girlfriend, said the case had been “true billed,” meaning the grand jury returned an indictment on all charges. According to an email provided by Germani’s brother, the District Attorney’s office told the family, “The case will now be transferred to a Superior Court Judge. We will not know which judge for a few days. Once the judge is assigned the case will be placed on a plea and arraignment calendar, which could be anywhere from two weeks to two months.”

Harrill has continued to use her Facebook page to keep Germani’s friends and family up to speed on his recovery. Germani, 50, is a Decatur resident and the man behind the Atlanta Time Machine website.

On Oct. 7, Harrill wrote, “Greg’s clearly got his brothers on his mind as evidenced by writing their names on his whiteboard. Brothers one, two, and four, as they are known – Mike, Steve, and John ( J.r.). Developing Greg’s communication skills is a top goal. Speaking is still very challenging for Greg, but writing comes a little bit more easily. He can definitely read, so keep those cards coming.”

Germani’s friends provided a turntable so he could listen to his favorite records. There’s still an active Go Fund Me account in Germani’s name that has raised $48,800 to help cover his medical expenses. There will also be a fundraiser for him on Dec. 12 at the Star Community Bar. The event was rescheduled from Nov. 7.

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