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Attorney seeks drug/alcohol program for Lewek

Rochester, N.Y. -- Dr. William Lewek, facing charges in connection with the death of Matthew Straton, was in court again Wednesday.

Straton's body was found in January in Lewek's backyard. Police claim Lewek confessed to hiding the body in a shallow grave in October.

Lewek was charged with tampering with physical evidence, a charge that accuses him of moving Straton's body from the third floor of his Rowley Street home to the backyard where the body was discovered partially buried under a lawn chair.

Lewek was also accused of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance because police claim to have found baggies of cocaine in his home.

On Wednesday, Lewek's attorney, Matt Parrinello, asked that Lewek be evaluated for a judicial diversion program, which is a drug or alcohol treatment program.

"If he gets accepted into judicial diversion, you sign a contract and the results can be at the end of the case," Parrinello said. "Either the case can get dismissed or the charge can get reduced down to a misdemeanor."

"I dont see that this is remotely appropriate," said Kelly Wolford, first assistant district attorney. "In the end, I hope that the judges see the same thing, and we can try this case as it deserves to be tried in a regular court."

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