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Defense grills witness in 2011 beating death of Hudson drug dealer

Andre Jackson is accused of beating a man to death.

Andre Jackson is accused of beating a man to death.

NEW PORT RICHEY — Adriane Lewka was just outside Theodore Peck's home the morning he died, and says she could hear him being beaten to death by a man they both knew.

Lewka was also an addict who acknowledges her drug use could have clouded her perceptions.

The defense attorney for Andre "Remy" Jackson, who is on trial this week for Peck's death, spent Wednesday morning grilling Lewka about her arrest record and drug problems. Jackson, 35, could face life in prison if convicted of second-degree murder.

Lewka testified she would get drugs from Peck and liked to hang out with his roommates, Steve and Laura Olson, at his home in Hudson. Defense attorney Hans Grieble asked Lewka what she did at the house.

"I would be at the residence doing dope," she said, "and then I would leave the residence to get more money to do more dope."

Grieble asked her what she meant by dope, and she said she injected oxycodone and smoked crack cocaine.

Lewka came over the night of May 23, 2011 and slept in a camper in Peck's yard. She heard the commotion the next morning, she testified, and looked through the window and saw Jackson flail his arms, and heard his yelling and Peck's pleading.

"So you slept in the camper that night?" Grieble asked. "When Remy first showed up you stayed in the camper, right?"

She said yes.

"You're looking out the window of the camper," he said. "Remy goes inside and you start hearing loud voices, but isn't it true that you couldn't actually see Remy hitting anybody?"

"I didn't see his hands hitting anybody," she said.

Grieble asked about her ability to see from inside the camper into the window of the home.

"It is possible that Mr. Peck was fighting back," he said, "isn't it?"

She agreed.

"Isn't it true that your memory is a little foggy or a lot foggy," Grieble said, "because you'd been taking drugs all day?"

"It's possible," she said.

That morning, Lewka told a woman that Peck, 53, had died in his sleep. That woman, Lori Mohammed, called Jackson with the news. "He was shocked, he couldn't believe me," Mohammed testified. "He said 'wow.' He made a weird comment, 'What a weird day for this to happen when I'm out of town.' "

Grieble said Lewka didn't mention the beating death to anyone until she was picked up in a prostitution sting the next day. Lewka said she didn't remember who she told what to.

"Like you said before," she answered, "getting high clouds your judgment sometimes."

Assistant state attorney Chris Sprowls asked her if it was fair to say she was a drug addict in 2011.

"Yes sir," she said. "Still am."

He asked her if she remembered the beating because it stuck out to her as an important event in her life.

"Nothing like that's ever happened to me before," she said.

Testimony in the case will continue today.

Defense grills witness in 2011 beating death of Hudson drug dealer 05/15/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, May 15, 2013 10:56pm]
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