GREENVILLE COUNTY, SC (WSPA) – Suspended Greenville County Sheriff Will Lewis’ trial resumed Tuesday.
The prosecution’s star witness Savanah Nabors took the stand for several hours. She testified to her interactions with Lewis, and how they changed over time. Her testimony detailed the taxpayer funded trip to Charlotte, and she talked about how after she turned down Lewis’ sexual advances he became hostile toward her.
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3:53 p.m.: Recordings of phone calls between Lewis and Nabors being played, as Savanah Nabors remain on the stand.
1:52 p.m.: Nabors said Lewis would text her when he knew her husband was out of town.
She is now testifying about her marital problems, saying she and her husband had agreed to see other people, and eventually were headed for divorce. She said her job did not contribute to difficulties with her husband, eventually she told Lewis she was getting separated.
1:48 p.m.: Nabors tells prosecutors that Lewis told her she needed to be open and honest with him about everything going on in her life and confirmed that her starting pay was $62,000.
Nabors said other benefits included a county vehicle, phone, iPad, desktop computer, as well as going with SWAT, press conferences, etc.
In describing the first six weeks on the job, Nabors said, “it was exciting, it was fun. I thought it was going to be the best job ever.”
1:38 p.m.: Nabors recalls that Lewis had a private induction ceremony at the Poinsett Club. The event was a formal event.
Nabors told prosecutors that the following day, Lewis asked her to step into another office and she thought she was in trouble, but he reportedly told her that what she was wearing the night before made her look stunning. She said he told her she was irreplaceable and that they were going to make a great team.
1:30 p.m.: Savanah Nabors, expected to be the star witness in this case, takes the stand.
Nabors answers questions about her time at the Bannister Law Firm, as well as Lewis talking to her about running for sheriff, and him “taking” her with him.
12:55 p.m.: After a lunch break, prosecutors said Savanah Nabors will take the stand. Court is expected to resume around 1:15 p.m.
9:52 a.m.: The prosecution calls Chief Deputy Marcus Davenport as their first witness during Day 2 of the trial.
Davenport said he has been with the sheriff’s office for 23 years, 24 years in December.
In January 2017, Davenport said he was a major at the sheriff’s office.
He said he first met Savanah Nabors during a transitional meeting, saying his first impression of Nabors was that she was “young.”
Davenport describes the benefits and perks Nabors received upon taking the job at the sheriff’s office, including a brand new Ford Explorer, an iPad and a phone.
Lewis is charged with misconduct in office related to a taxpayer funded trip to Charlotte where he’s alleged to have an extra-marital affair with his personal assistant, Savanah Nabors.
The first prosecution witnesses to take the stand on Monday focused on drawing a comparison between Nabors’ salaries and perks and other administrative coordinators and assistants.
Testimony is set to continue today at 9:30 a.m.
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