Newly released details in the Kyle Lewter murder case paint an even more disturbing picture of how he allegedly tortured and killed long-time acquaintance Derek Franklin Walls.


According to recently filed court documents, investigators said Lewter, who is well known in political circles in north Alabama, tortured Walls, of Harvest, by penetrating his “anus area” with a plunger handle. He is accused of killing Wells by beating him with a hammer.

Walls was found in a home at 1790 Capshaw Road on March 7, but detectives believe he was killed the day before.

Lewter’s attorney has requested a mental evaluation of his client to determine if he is competent to stand trial and to determine if mental illness contributed to the offenses. A court filing requesting the hearing claimed Lewter has been committed for mental health issues and has been diagnosed with “a significant mental illness.”

The victim’s daughter, Shelby Thorson, is raising money on GoFundMe for funeral expenses.

“My dad’s life was taken from him in the middle of the night on March 6th,” Thorson stated. “Due to this unexpected passing nothing was in place to help with any of the funeral expenses. I would like to have a small service where everyone can get together in remembrance of my father.”

Prosecutors say Lewter will not be released from jail at this time. He is considered innocent until proven guilty.

Lewter's attorneys were in court Tuesday, where Madison County Judge Claude Hundley III granted a request for the bond and preliminary hearings to be held simultaneously. Those hearings will be held on April 11 at 10:30 a.m.

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