Testimony underway in trial of man who allegedly shot mother and daughter

Published: Jan. 26, 2023 at 11:16 AM CST|Updated: Jan. 26, 2023 at 8:10 PM CST
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Lake Charles, LA (KPLC) - Jurors heard live and recorded testimony from one of the young children of a woman shot to death a year ago in Iowa. She was inside the home as her stepfather allegedly fired multiple shots hitting her mom and sister.

Kenesha Camille Spencer, 38, was killed, and her daughter, Kendria Peghee, 22 at the time, shot in January 2022.

Spencer’s husband, Sheron Lamar Lewis, 40, is standing trial on charges of first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

On video, taken a year ago at the Child Advocacy Center, the little girl said Sheron Lewis shot her mom and older sister after an argument.

Peghee is expected to testify. She was severely injured when shot and spoke to us from her hospital bed in January 2022.

“My stomach, and my legs and my foot, and they found one in my head,” she said last year, describing her gunshot wounds.

Then, Kendria said the violence started after her mom told Lewis their relationship was over.

“She told him she was leaving him and that set him off and that’s what led to him killing her. He shot her and he shot me and he just kept shooting her, kept shooting her,” she said, while still recovering in the hospital last year.

Kendria said she survived by feigning death.

“I played dead. That’s how I’m alive today,” she said.

In court, jurors saw disturbing police body cam video from inside the house after the shooting. Through most of the video, the children can be heard screaming and crying in the background.

Spencer lay on her bedroom floor as they waited for medical help to arrive, but she died at the house.

The jury also saw photos by the coroner’s investigator Charles Hunter, which document the multiple wounds on Spencer’s body. No word yet whether Lewis will take the stand in his own defense.

The trial resumes at 8:30 Friday morning and is expected to wrap up.