UPDATE: Law enforcement has charged John Benton Lewis with the murder of his wife. He is still in jail and bail has been set at $1,000,000.
Carla Jean Lewis, 55, was shot in her Niles, MI home. She was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Berrien County Sheriff Department.
Police officers arrived at the home at approximately 5:56 p.m. The caller who reported the crime was the victim’s husband, 49-year-old, John Benton Lewis. Mr. Lewis told 911 operators that unknown subjects had entered the residence and shot his wife in the basement of their house.
The vehicle has a Michigan Registration of (CMY 3721) and has been entered as a stolen. Anyone who has information as to the whereabouts of this vehicle is asked to contact the police immediately and any occupants are to be considered armed and extremely dangerous. This incident remains under investigation by the Berrien County Sherriff’s Office, Berrien County Homicide Task Force and the FBI Violent Crimes Task Force. The Michigan State Police Crime Lab was called in to process the scene for any forensic evidence.
During the course of the police investigation, officers found that John Lewis was not in compliance with Michigan’s Medical Marijuana Act. He is lodged at the Berrien County Jail for the technical violation.
This murder remains under investigation and anyone with information is asked to contact the Berrien County Sheriff’s Office at (269) 983-7141.