Quanell X to join local families next week to help seek second trial for convicted killer

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BRYAN, Tex. (KBTX)- Quanell X, a long-time civil rights advocate, will be in Bryan next week to ask the courts that Timothy Lewis be granted a new trial, his family confirms to KBTX.

Lewis is serving a life sentence for the death of his ex-wife's son, Tyrone Fenner, Jr., 4, of College Station.

His ex, Virginia Adams, was never charged for her son's fatal beating in 2004, but she's now a suspect in the disappearance of her daughter, Rayven Shields, 3, of Bryan.

That case has sparked renewed interest in Lewis's conviction, with some demanding that he be given another chance to prove his innocence.

Members of Lewis's family will join Quanell X on Monday for a news conference. Shields's family on her father's side will also be in attendance, sources say.

A time and location for the news conference has not been announced.

Police say the remains of a child were found buried in the backyard of a home last weekend where Shields and Adams were living on State Highway 21, but they are waiting on an autopsy to help make a positive identification.

Adams was granted custody of Shields earlier this summer following the death of her father, Robert Shields.

Sometime after gaining custody of her daughter, Adams refused to cooperate with a CPS order to release her back to her father's side of the family. Shield's siblings tell KBTX they became increasingly concerned for the child's welfare while she was in Adams's custody.