Man accused of shooting, killing security guard to retain his own attorney

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Coleston Ryan Lewis (Courtesy VPRJ)
Coleston Ryan Lewis (Courtesy VPRJ)

A man accused of shooting a private security guard on Thanksgiving appeared in the York County General District Court via video for arraignment Thursday morning.

Coleston Ryan Lewis, 26, of Newport News, told the court he plans to retain his own attorney, York Deputy Clerk of District Court Kim Kuplinski said.

Lewis is currently being held at the Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail in Williamsburg, and will appear via video on Dec. 7 at 8:30 a.m. if he does not find an attorney, Kuplinski said.

Lewis is charged with murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

Police believe Lewis shot and killed security guard Richard “Bird” Irvin around 2 a.m. Thanksgiving morning at the County Grill & Steakhouse, located in the 1200 block of George Washington Memorial Highway.

Irvin was escorting Lewis out of a tent party in the restaurant parking lot when Lewis shot him, police said.

Newport News Police and the York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office located and detained Lewis at a residence in Newport News Wednesday morning.

The community has raised over $10,000 in the wake of Irvin’s death, according to a GoFundMe page created by a close friend of Irvin’s.

Fearing can be reached by phone 207-975-5459.