Phillip Lewis Murder Trial Likely in 2012

The trial for a Greenville man, accused of killing a former East Carolina University student last August, won't happen until next year--at the earliest.

Phillip Lewis, 21, is charged with the murder of Tommy Falcone, 22, in August 2010. Falcone's body was found at Pirate's Cove Apartments on East 10th St. in Greenville. Authorities say the fatal shooting followed a dispute between two groups of college-aged men.

During a court hearing Monday morning, Judge Clifton Everett set a discovery conference in the case for September 27th. That will be a private meeting between the defense, district attorney and police to go over evidence in the case. The judge also set January 16th as the next administrative court date for the case. He said during that hearing a trial date would be set.

Lewis, who is out on a $500,000 bond, appeared in court with his two attorneys.


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A man accused of murdering a former East Carolina University student is scheduled to appear in court Monday.

Phillip Lewis, 21, is charged with the murder of Tommy Falcone, 22, in August 2010. Falcone's body was found at Pirate's Cove Apartments on East 10th St. in Greenville.

Authorities say the fatal shooting followed a dispute between two groups of college-aged men.

Lewis remains out of jail on $500,000 bond.


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  • by Anon on Oct 28, 2011 at 02:04 AM
    Phillip's grandfather was in farming... Not construction. And those in his family are actually pretty great people. I'm pretty sure he's adopted, so that along with the fact that they are stupid rich made it easier to spoil the kid. Honestly though, he has a few screws loose, money or not. It sucks that he has been livin it up at the beach this summer while a family is mourning the loss I their son... I hope justice is served and he spends the rest of his life in jail.
  • by Tish Location: Farmville on Sep 28, 2011 at 07:05 PM
    I want to see if Lewis outcome will be the same for him as it was for that man who was found guilty of killing those 2 young men down town,after all he shot this man in the back, now lets just see how justice will play out this time...
  • by RJ on Aug 30, 2011 at 02:17 PM
    Why is this kid out walking around on only $500K bond when others with lesser crimes and in jail b/c their bond was set in the millions and can't get out? How does someone shoot someone in the back and not have a higher bail??? I heard they are dragging out this process b/c they are hoping Tommy's friends will graduate ECU, move on and not be around for trail....has anyone heard this?
  • by Anonymous on Aug 23, 2011 at 11:43 AM
    He was not in a bad relationship. He made the relationship bad with his violent temper. He is about to explode again and someone else will be hurt.
  • by madea on Aug 22, 2011 at 01:50 PM
    btw, u what his lawyer is? a Lie all ya!
  • by Greenville Man on Aug 22, 2011 at 09:08 AM
    I don't think you can go to jail for leaving someone for another person but it does reflect upon your character. If the defense wants to bring the victim's character into play then Lewis' character is fair game as well. Sounds to me like he doesn't have a lot of supporters.
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      by Anonymous on Aug 22, 2011 at 10:06 AM in reply to Greenville Man
      Getting out of a bad relationship does not constitute bad character in any way. His relationships have nothing to do with anything and if it was ever brought up it would be a complete waste of time. What is the point of staying in a bad relationship? It just shows he has nothing to hide from anyone. He has a right to be happy just like anyone else.
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        by anon on Aug 26, 2011 at 02:42 PM in reply to Anonymous
        He has plenty to hide. It will all come out. Let him be happy behind bars.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 22, 2011 at 08:25 AM
    Phillip Lewis is not a rich, spoiled brat. He's a good person and those that know him well enough know that. Everyone makes mistakes. And the blonde girl happens to be a very good friend of his. She is one of the only people who is helping him get through all of this. It's unfortunate what happened to Tommy, but that doesn't make him a good person. Everyone should really think about the entire situation before making ridiculous comments about Phillip. Especially when you don't know him.
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      by everyone makes mistakes? on Aug 23, 2011 at 05:36 AM in reply to Anonymous
      Are you kidding me? Yes everyone makes mistakes but killing someone is not a mistake it is a FELONY!!!!!! He should get some serious jail time. Phillip Lewis is not a good person. He left the scene and did not have to come back. He chose to. Then he chased Tommy and shot him in the back. He is just a murderer!!!!
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        by RJ on Aug 30, 2011 at 02:09 PM in reply to everyone makes mistakes?
        You are absolutely correct! Lewis did NOT make a mistake, he has a free will and he chose to kill Tommy Falcone in cold blood! End of story, put him in jail for a very long time.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 22, 2011 at 07:54 AM
    I've heard the blond girl has been friends with him for years. There is no reason to stay in a bad relationship because of the circumstances. He didn't leave his ex for someone else, and she definitely didn't get the short end of the stick. All of these judgment calls are unnecessary.
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      by ? is on Aug 22, 2011 at 12:25 PM in reply to Anonymous
      The question is not what kind of a relationship they were in. The question is does the "X" know anything that could help the prosecutions case.
  • by just wondering on Aug 20, 2011 at 05:54 PM
    Is it standard procedure to schedule a discovery conference? I don't believe I have seen anything like that in previous murder cases that I have followed. I didn't think he was getting preferential treatment until I saw this. I just thought his dad had enough money to hire the best defense. Now I am not so sure. Sounds like something fishy going on to me. I just don't see how he can get out of this without some prison time. Somebody did die. Lets see what kind of friends he can make in prison. He won't have his daddy there to protect him.
  • by Friends of Tommy Location: Greenville on Aug 20, 2011 at 03:13 PM
    We miss Tommy so much. He was not perfect but he was a really good friend. From the comments up here it does not seem that Phillip can say the same. It sounds like he treated his friends as bad as he did Tommy. Anybody know who his ex is? It sounds like she really got the short end of the stick. Bet she would know some interesting stuff. Hope the blonde girl he is with is smarter and doesn't think she will be treated any differently.
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