Man pleads not guilty in Phoenix break-in, assault

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PHOENIX (AP) -- A man who allegedly broke into a Phoenix home and assaulted a woman before being shot has pleaded not guilty in the case.
 
Michael Lewis appeared at his court arraignment Thursday in a wheelchair and plastic body brace.
 
He was in a hospital for nearly a month as he recovered from a gunshot wound.
 
Phoenix police say the 20-year-old Lewis was arrested on suspicion of aggravated assault and residential burglary.
 
Lewis was shot after the 47-year-old homeowner says he broke into her home with a gardening tool on May 6.
 
The homeowner says she saw Lewis looking through the window, armed herself with a handgun and hid in the bathroom.
 
Court records show the woman told police that Lewis followed her into the bathroom and punched her in the face.