June 26, 2022 2:32 am



On July 24, 2013 a grandmother and her 18-month old grandson were found dead in a home in western Walker County. The woman was beaten to death. The baby, Aiyden Benjamin Lewis,  was found hanging from a door knob, He was also deceased. It was determined he died of asphyxiation.

For 48 hours detectives with Walker County, Montgomery County and the Texas Rangers combed the property for evidence.

This morning Howard Wayne Lewis was summoned to the Walker County Grand Jury. After he was finished he was taken into custody by the Walker County Sheriff’s Office.  He is currently being held in the Walker County Jail on charges of murder.

According to Sheriff McRae, DNA of Lewis was found on the object used to kill his former mother-in-law, 55-year-old Shanta Faye Crawford.

Lewis has no prior criminal history and currently was living with his fiance in the Dallas area. Like his former mother in-law, he too worked as a guard for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice in Dallas until recently.

A motive was not disclosed but Lewis and his former wife were going through court proceedings on custody of the child and there were issues over child support.