Lewis not guilty of rape

A jury on Wednesday returned a not-guilty verdict in the Rappahannock Circuit Court trial of Allen Lewis, a sometime Rappahannock resident accused last April of raping a woman friend while driving her home. This allegedly occurred after spending an evening drinking and smoking crack cocaine with her and others.

NOTE: As originally published, this article contained several errors which have since been corrected.

Commonwealth’s Attorney Peter Luke’s case against Lewis had testimony from a dozen experts and witnesses, including Mary McPeak, the Culpeper woman who said she had been raped by Lewis on the night of Dec. 29, 2008, when she said Lewis pulled off of Fletcher’s Mill Road, claiming to have run out of gas, and assaulted her.

Lewis’ defense attorney Peter Hansen called only Lewis’ friend, Russell Jeffries, who had been with the group earlier that evening; and John Ford, a Fletchers Mill Road resident who testified that he gave some gasoline to Lewis that night after Lewis knocked on his door at about 3 a.m.

The jury heard testimony from McPeak, Sheriff’s Office investigator Lt. J.C. Welch, state forensic technician Kelly Loynes and others, deliberating less than an hour before returning the not-guilty verdict.

Lewis was arrested in Annapolis, Md., in May, and extradited to Rappahannock County.

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