Democrat & Chronicle
Psychiatrist accused of hiding body in court
By Victoria Freile
January 21, 2014
Lewek, who was arraigned on Friday on charges of tampering with physical evidence and possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell, hired attorney J. Matthew Parrinello. The pair appeared as the case was waived to a Monroe County grand jury.
Lewek, 62, did not post bail Tuesday. He is accused of covering the body of Matthew Straton in the backyard of his home at 27 Rowley St.
Lewek, a psychiatrist, confessed to hiding the body beneath a patio chair and a pile of debris, grass, and dirt, Rochester police Investigator Randy Benjamin alleged in court papers.
Straton went missing in late October. His body was found Wednesday.
“He’s scared and trying to determine how this process works,” Parrinello said. “He wants to get out, meet with family and friends and moved forward with the defense of the case.”
Assistant District Attorney Kelly Wolford said the District Attorney’s Office is waiting to learn more from the Medical Examiner’s Office regarding what killed Straton before they can determine whether Lewek will face any charges in connection with Straton’s death.
“This isn’t a mass murder investigation,” Parrinello said. “It’s a body in his yard. The question is, ‘how did it get there?'”