Prosecutors: Defendant threatens, tries to attack them in York County magistrate court


A York man who was in bond court Tuesday on a charge of domestic violence — after arrests for domestic violence two times in the past two weeks — allegedly threatened two prosecutors in court and tried to attack them.

Lewis Albert Warlick, 30, of York was in court Tuesday morning, police and jail records show. Prosecutors Daniel Porter and Ryan Newkirk were at the hearing in the bond court held adjacent to the York County jail at the Moss Justice Center to argue before Magistrate Judge Dan Malphrus that Warlick should be denied bond because of the pending charges and allegations of violence, said Kevin Brackett, 16th Circuit Solicitor.

During the hearing, Warlick allegedly threatened the prosecutors and tried to assault them, Brackett said. Jail officials were able to subdue Warlick before he injured the prosecutors, Brackett said.

Malphrus, the judge, held Warlick in contempt of court for the outburst and sentenced Warlick to 30 days in jail. However, the solicitor’s office has asked the York County Sheriff’s Office to conduct an investigation to see if more charges should be filed against Warlick.

“We take the safety and security of our employees very seriously, just as we take seriously the safety and security of all people involved in the court system,” Brackett said.

Prosecutors are not armed in court.

Earlier this month, Brackett announced tougher stances on domestic violence cases. More, Brackett, Sheriff Bruce Bryant, Clerk of Court David Hamilton and other court officials are backing an $89 million bond referendum that would increase court security. The vote is scheduled for Nov. 3.

If more charges are filed against Warlick, a different prosecutor’s office would be tasked to handle the case because local prosecutors would be considered the victims in the case, Brackett said.

Warlick is being held without bond on charges of contempt of court, domestic violence, and probation violation, jail records show.

Warlick was arrested around 3:30 a.m. Tuesday in Fort Mill outside a bar on the domestic violence charge after allegedly striking a woman, said Kim Morehouse, a sheriff’s office spokesperson.

Yet Warlick’s criminal record from the State Law Enforcement Division and court records show that he had been arrested on Oct. 1 on charges of domestic violence, and released days later on a $5,000 bond. Warlick was also charged again on Oct. 8, according to SLED records.

Those arrests came after an arrest for domestic violence in April, and a conviction in May for assault, records show.

Those convictions came after Warlick was sentenced to 18 months in jail and and probation for assaulting a police officer in 2012, police and court records show.

More, Warlick has a conviction record for assaults and other crimes dating back to 2002, records show.

Andrew Dys: 803-329-4065