Former USC wide receiver Joseph Lewis IV, who pleaded no contest May 23 to a pair of misdemeanor domestic violence charges, was ordered Friday to stand trial on a felony charge involving an alleged attack on another woman.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Kerry Bensinger denied the defense’s request to dismiss the case, reduce the charge to a misdemeanor or release Lewis on his own recognizance.
Lewis, 18, is charged with a felony count of injuring a spouse, cohabitant, girlfriend or child’s parent involving the alleged attack July 18 on the mother of his then 5-month-old daughter.
Los Angeles Police Officer Adrianna Tavera testified that she was called that evening to a parking lot in Los Angeles, and said that the woman reported the alleged attack by Lewis after calling a friend to pick her up. Lewis was taken into custody without incident at his home that night, the officer said.
Lewis allegedly punched, scratched and choked the woman, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
Deputy District Attorney Colby Cano told the judge that the nature of the case was “so similar” to Lewis’ prior case, which involved a separate woman on Feb. 8.
Lewis pleaded no contest May 23 to two misdemeanor counts of domestic battery with an injury in the earlier case stemming from the February run-in.
He was sentenced to 60 days in county jail, 52 weeks of domestic violence counseling, three years on probation and a $500 domestic violence fine, along with being ordered to stay away from that woman.
Lewis — who caught four passes for 39 yards in 11 games as a freshman in the 2017 season — was suspended from all football team activities after his arrest and is no longer on the roster.
He remains jailed on $100,000 bail while awaiting arraignment Aug. 17 in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom.
Lewis could face up to five years in state prison if convicted as charged.