City man charged in shooting death

February 06, 2001|By KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI

City man charged in shooting death

A Hagerstown resident charged in the shooting death of a Smithsburg man fired in a fit of rage after hearing his girlfriend was having an affair, Washington County Sheriff's deputies alleged Tuesday.


Steve C. Miletek, 42, of 20109 Robinwood Court, Apt. 211, Hagerstown, was charged Tuesday with first-degree murder and first-degree assault in the Sunday evening shooting death of Tony Allen Lewis.

Miletek was being held without bond Tuesday evening. A bond review hearing was scheduled for 1 p.m. today.

Deputies alleged in charging documents that Miletek argued with his live-in girlfriend Kimberly Kay Clayton and Lewis, 32, of Smithsburg, on Sunday at around 8:30 p.m.

Miletek was upset because he had heard earlier in the day that Clayton and Lewis had had sex, charging documents alleged.


Miletek got a 12-gauge shotgun and pointed it at Lewis. Around 8:30 p.m. Lewis was shot in the right shoulder, charging documents alleged.

After the shooting, Miletek and Clayton waited 11 minutes before calling 911, during which time the couple discussed the shooting, according to allegations in charging documents.

Lewis died in the apartment before ambulances arrived.

An autopsy conducted by Dr. Bruce Ensign of the State Medical Examiner's Office in Baltimore determined a projectile from the shotgun entered Lewis' right upper arm and shoulder area and traveled through his chest cavity. The shell angled downward and missed his heart, Ensign said.

Sheriff's deputies said they were contacted Monday by Harry W. Smith and his wife Krista A. Smith about the shooting.

According to charging documents, Harry Smith told police Miletek called him Sunday and accused him of having sex with his wife. But Smith told Miletek it was another man.

Krista Smith told deputies Miletek called their home again Monday and asked if she had heard about Lewis' death.

During that phone call, Miletek told Krista Smith the "gun fell on the floor and it went off," charging documents said.

Krista Smith told deputies that she had talked to Clayton after the shooting and Clayton told her Miletek attempted to give Lewis cardiopulmonary resuscitation after the shooting.

On Monday deputies asked Miletek and Clayton to go to the Sheriff's Department to discuss their previous statements in more detail, charging documents said.

During the interview with Clayton, she said she had been drunk Sunday and didn't remember the details prior to the shooting.

When questioned about her relationship with Lewis, Clayton first said they were friends but later "admitted to having sexual intercourse with him one time," charging documents said.

Clayton also told investigators that "Miletek had the shotgun pointing towards Lewis," charging documents alleged.

Miletek at one point had said Lewis wanted to see the shotgun and he remembered unloading it and handing it to him, charging documents said.

According to allegations in charging documents, Miletek told deputies they could term the death a "vendetta killing," and said that "nice guys die first."

Miletek was sitting at the kitchen table with Lewis and Clayton on the night of the shooting and remembered becoming "super mad," because "he had been told something he didn't want to hear," according to charging documents.

Miletek said he "lost control and didn't know what he was doing," charging documents said. Deputies said Miletek told them he may have fired during a blackout and that he didn't know Lewis and Clayton were having an affair.

When deputies questioned Clayton again, she said she had talked with Miletek on Monday about what to tell police about the shooting.

She said she asked Miletek why he shot Lewis and he told her "he didn't mean to shoot Tony and it was an accident," charging documents alleged.

Miletek said he shot Lewis because of the affair, deputies alleged in the charging documents.

"If I had to do it all over again I would do the same thing. I don't play games like that," the charging documents quote Miletek as saying.

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