published Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

Bradley County: Suspect in Charleston slayings arrested

Seen Wednesday morning, this house at 184 Leatha Lane in northern Bradley County was the scene of a double homicide Tuesday at shortly before 9 p. m.
Staff Photo by John Rawlston/Chattanooga Times Free Press
Seen Wednesday morning, this house at 184 Leatha Lane in northern Bradley County was the scene of a double homicide Tuesday at shortly before 9 p. m. Staff Photo by John Rawlston/Chattanooga Times Free Press

The Bradley County man suspected in the shooting death of a couple Tuesday night has been arrested.

Aaron Dean Lawson, 32, was captured off Highway 58 in Hamilton County and is in custody, authorities said.

Lawson was being sought in the deaths of Charles and Deborah Phillips, who were killed Tuesday night.

Phillips, 58, owned an auto shop in Polk County, Sheriff Jim Ruth said at a news conference today at his office.

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“The Phillipses are well known in this community, and it’s a very sad day,” Ruth said.

Authorities believe Lawson was waiting for the couple at their 184 Leatha Lane home and shot them both dead when they walked outside Tuesday night, the sheriff said.

Sheriff’s deputies and Bradley County EMS workers were sent to the scene about 8:45 p.m. Inside the home, they found the bodies of two adults, according to sheriff’s spokesman Stan Clark.

Lawson was arrested on warrants charging two counts of first-degree murder, officials said.

Charleston is located in the northern part of Bradley County, near McMinn County.

For complete details, see tomorrow’s Chattanooga Times Free Press.

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about Joy Lukachick Smith...

Joy Lukachick Smith is the city government reporter for the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Since 2009, she's covered crime and court systems in North Georgia and rural Tennessee, landed an exclusive in-prison interview with a former cop convicted of killing his wife, exposed impropriety in an FBI-led, child-sex online sting and exposed corruption in government agencies. Earlier this year, Smith won the Malcolm Law Memorial Award for Investigative Reporting. She also won first place in ...

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ceeweed said...

Lawson has a child with one of the Phillips' daughters.

April 20, 2011 at 5:17 p.m.
patriot1 said...

"shot them both dead when they walked outside"...the next paragraph says that deputies and EMS found them inside their home...which is it? were the bodies dragged inside or is there more to the story?

April 20, 2011 at 8:34 p.m.
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