◼ Eureka man convicted of murder; Johnny Lewis faces 25-to-life for Fields Landing slaying
A Humboldt County jury on Thursday convicted a 28-year-old Eureka man of first-degree murder for the November killing of Robert Van Alstine in Fields Landing, after just hours of deliberation.
Johnny Lindel Lewis, 28, of Eureka stabbed Van Alstine in the back in the early morning hours of Nov. 18, reportedly in a jealous rage, believing that Van Alstine had slept with his girlfriend. Lewis faces 25-years-to-life in prison after the conviction, and is due to return to Humboldt County Superior court for sentencing on Aug. 18.
Deputy District Attorney Maggie Fleming said Humboldt County sheriff's detectives built a strong case against Lewis, which made her job in the courtroom a lot easier.
”I really appreciated the jurors' willingness to serve, and obviously very much appreciated the work that (Sheriff's) Sgt. Wayne Hanson and the other detectives did on the case -- it was really impressive,” Flemming said....
Hanson said he didn't know how Lewis came to the belief that Van Alstine was sleeping with his girlfriend, but said it was simply untrue and that Van Alstine was the victim of a jealous misunderstanding.
”He didn't deserve to die that morning,” Hanson said. “Maggie Flemming did a great job in presenting this case to the jury. I sat in and watched her closing argument, and she just did an excellent job.”