EVERETT — A Lynnwood man is now accused of battering his estranged wife, threatening to kill her and demanding entry at her home south of Everett not long before her sister was fatally shot while opening the door early one morning this past fall.
Alisha Michelle Canales-McGuire, 24, was killed Sept. 20 when she answered the door at her sister’s duplex along York Road. Somebody was knocking at 2 a.m. Canales-McGuire, of Concrete, was staying there with her sister’s children while the woman was out of town, according to documents filed in Snohomish County Superior Court.
“At this time, it appears that Alisha was shot multiple times immediately upon answering the door in the early morning hours. The case is still under investigation,” deputy prosecutor Jarett Goodkin wrote.
The prosecutor brought up the killing on the final page of an affidavit that was filed early this week along with three felony charges against Kevin Laurence Lewis.
Lewis, who turns 31 later this month, is charged with second-degree assault for a November 2016 attack that left his ex-wife with chipped and broken teeth. He is charged with telephone harassment for allegedly calling the woman and threatening to kill her during divorce proceedings. He also is charged with violating a court order that he have no contact, reportedly cursing at her as she walked down a hallway in the courthouse.
Those incidents were part of years of mistreatment that began not long after the couple married in 2009, court papers say. During the honeymoon, for example, Lewis reportedly became controlling, including getting upset about the clothing the woman wore.
The 2016 beating came as the marriage was headed to divorce. Lewis demanded to check the woman’s phone. When she tried to leave, she was punched repeatedly in the face, Goodkin wrote. Medical records document the trauma.
She moved out in February 2017. In June, the trouble came fast and furious. There was the alleged death threat by phone June 18. Two days later, the woman said Lewis had shown up outside her home and was ringing the doorbell, banging on the door and trying to get in. She called police.
On June 22, just after midnight, the woman called 911 to report that she’d been ambushed and severely beaten while getting out of her car. When deputies arrived, her face was bloody and there was a deep cut over one of her eyes.
The woman said it was too dark to see anything, and that her attacker did not speak. “However, she suspected that Lewis had assaulted her,” Goodkin wrote.
A deputy went to Lewis’ home. It was just after 1 a.m. That’s when Lewis arrived on a bicycle, dressed in dark clothing, court papers said. He told the deputy he’d been out on a bicycle ride and denied going anywhere near the woman’s home.
In August, the court gave the woman custody of the couple’s children. Lewis was ordered to pay child support.
The woman’s sister was fatally shot about a month later.
The killing figured into divorce proceedings. The woman filed documents that next week asking the court to order Lewis to stay away from her and their children.
“I believe Kevin killed my sister in an attempt to kill me,” she wrote.
On Oct. 5, Lewis filed court papers insisting that he had nothing to do with the homicide.
“Whatever monster she thinks I’ve become, I am not a murderer,” Lewis wrote. “I did not kill anyone and I do not deserve to be completely restrained from my children when I am not guilty of this terrible crime.”
Scott North: 425-339-3431; firstname.lastname@example.org. Twitter: @snorthnews.