Bond hearing for man charged in Harvest killing set for Tuesday

MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) — A man charged with murder and sexual torture in connection with the killing of a Harvest man last week will appear in court on Tuesday.

Court documents show, Kyle Lewter, who has been charged with murder and sexual torture of Derek Walls, will appear in court Tuesday afternoon for a hearing to decide if he will receive bond.

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Lewter was originally charged with murder on March 7 after authorities found a man dead in a home on Capshaw Road in Harvest that morning. The man was later identified as Walls.

The Madison County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) said the two men knew each other. Investigators told News 19 that Lewter went over to Walls’ home and the two ended up having an altercation that left Walls dead.

According to court documents, Lewter was granted bond and released on the morning of March 8 on a $60,000 bond after prosecutors consented to waiving an Aniah’s Law hearing. However, after evidence surfaced in connection with the sexual torture charge, he was re-arrested.

Jail records show that he was booked into the jail at 6:56 p.m. Friday for the charge of sexual torture. The Madison County District Attorney’s Office said Lewter is now being held without bond pending an Aniah’s Law hearing. Records say that the hearing will be held on Tuesday.

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Lewter’s Defense Attorney Mark McDaniel said he believes the truth will come out as the case goes on.

“It has been my experience that there are always two sides to every case. At the appropriate time, I am sure all the facts will come out. Until then, as we all know, Kyle is presumed innocent,” McDaniel said Monday.

Campaign finance records show Lewter worked for Alabama Senator Tom Butler in an administrative role, receiving more than $20,000 in 2022 and 2023 combined.

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