Two Concord women who were found guilty in April of obtaining drugs by fraud will be granted a new trial as the result of a defense motion Sept. 5 in Appomattox County Circuit Court. 

Gloria Sue Lewis, 65, and daughter Catherine Nicole Lewis, 36, will face trial at a yet-to-be-determined date because Circuit Court Judge S. Anderson Nelson recused himself from the case after granting the motion to set aside the original verdict.

Defense attorneys Dennis Englerth, representing Gloria Sue Lewis, and Craig Tiller, representing Catherine Nicole Lewis, raised the point that the alleged victim, Phyllis Minnick, denied in the April trial during cross-examination of ever having been convicted of a crime involving dishonesty. 

According to Appomattox County Commonwealth’s Attorney Les Fleet, Minnick was reportedly convicted of shoplifting at Kohl’s department store three years ago and banned from the store property — a record that was apparently not known at the time of trial. 

For the rest of the story, see this week's edition of the Times Virginian.