A Loudoun grand jury has indicted Darrick Lee Lewis on charges of first-degree murder and five other felony counts in connection with the April 2 domestic-related shooting death of Christina Fisher in Leesburg.
The charges were referred to the grand jury following a preliminary hearing before Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court Judge Avelina S. Jacob last month.
Lewis, 30, and Fisher had two children together. The shooting happened in Fisher’s townhouse in Leesburg’s Brandon neighborhood.
According to testimony at last month’s hearing, Leesburg Police Detective Doug Shaw interviewed Lewis after the shooting. Lewis said he had been planning a birthday party for himself and his son at his father’s house in Middleburg. Lewis had expected Fisher, who he described as his on-again off-again girlfriend, to come to the birthday celebration, and when she told him on the phone that she wouldn’t, Lewis came to her house in Leesburg.
When he arrived at Fisher’s home, he went upstairs—carrying a Romanian-made, civilian version of the AKM, a modern version of the AK-47 Kalashnikov assault rifle, which Lewis told police he was bringing in from the car to put away. He said he found Fisher in her son’s bedroom, she grabbed the rifle, the two struggled, and the gun went off.
Loudoun Master Deputy Matt Devaney, a crime scene investigator, testified that he found a .762 caliber bullet casing and three bullet fragments, one on the floor, two in the mattress. The bullet struck Fisher on a downward trajectory. Fisher was flown to Inova Fairfax Hospital where she died before investigators arrived.
Lewis told investigators that the gun went off accidentally during a struggle. After the shooting, he returned to his father’s house in Middleburg, but called the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office to turn himself in shortly thereafter.
He told Shaw that there was a lot going on in his life, and that he wanted to give his side of the story, and Shaw said Lewis was cooperative throughout. Lewis claimed to have called 911, although Shaw said he found no evidence of that. The rifle, a WASR-10, was recovered on the lawn of his father’s house.
Fisher, 34, was the mother of three children. Her death caused an outpouring of mourning and support in the community, including a candlelight vigil and a crowdfunding effort to cover her funeral expenses.
In addition to murder, Lewis is charged with use of firearm in commission of a felony, assault with serious injury to person with protective order, breaking and entering while armed, possession of a firearm by convicted felon, and possession/transport firearms ammunition by convicted felon.