William Lewis

William Lewis died in Florence on Sept. 9.

FLORENCE — According to newly released court records, 39-year-old William Lewis was killed when he was intentionally run over by a pickup truck on Sept. 9 during a dispute over the theft of a motorized electric bicycle.

Kameron Cantrell, 24, was taken into custody in connection with Lewis’ death on Oct. 2 and charged with aggravated assault, negligent homicide, manslaughter and second-degree murder.

PCSO - Kameron Cantrell


Court records indicate that Lewis and Cantrell were arguing over the electric bicycle that Cantrell allegedly stole from Lewis on Aug. 11.

“Kameron Cantrell was identified as a person of interest by several family members over a stolen electric bicycle,” a Florence Police probable cause statement reads. “Kameron said that Lewis had gone to his grandparents’ house looking for him and had made threats to his girlfriend and children ... Kameron said he hadn’t been in Florence in a while and the first he heard about (Lewis) was from (Florence Police) Officer Ballard.”

The probable cause statement said police found instant messenger transmissions between the two proving the bike remained an ongoing issue.

In the probable cause statement, police found video evidence placing Cantrell in Florence the night Lewis died.

Police quickly identified Cantrell’s gray/silver Ford F150 pickup at a Florence Circle K as it exited the parking lot at 10:51 p.m. Police said the truck was unusual as it did not have front turning light lenses on it.

“William Lewis’s fatal injuries were the result of being struck by a vehicle. William Lewis was struck by a vehicle on Park Street at 10:54:45,” the probable cause statement reads. “A light-colored extended cab pickup truck without front turning lights is the only vehicle observed in a video driving south on Park Street at 10:54:47 p.m.”

Cantrell remains in the Pinal County Adult Detention Center pending the posting of a $200,000 secured bond.


Jim Headley is a reporter covering breaking news, crime and justice around Pinal County. He can be reached at jheadley@pinalcentral.com.