published Monday, June 20th, 2011

Cleveland man charged with double homicide still in jail

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    Aaron Dean Lawson, 32, is a suspect in the shooting deaths of Charles and Deborah Phillips in northern Bradley County. He has been indicted on two first-degree murder charges in Bradley County.

A Cleveland, Tenn., man charged with shooting his daughter’s grandparents to death remains in jail after his arraignment in Bradley County Criminal Court today.

Bradley County Judge Amy Armstrong assigned public defender Richard Hughes to represent 32-year-old Aaron Lawson, who is charged with two counts of first-degree murder.

Police believe Lawson shot Charles “Eddie” and Deborah Phillips outside their home near Charleston, Tenn., in a dispute about where Lawson’s daughter would spend Easter.

Lawson is the father of the Phillipses’ 11-year-old granddaughter.

Lawson was arrested at his uncle’s shop off Highway 58 in north Hamilton County on April 20 after he led police on an all-night manhunt.

He appeared in court in shackles this morning, and Armstrong referred all further decisions to Judge Carroll Ross, who now is handling the case.

It is up to Lawson’s attorney to file a motion requesting a bond, 10th Judicial District Attorney General Steve Bebb said.

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

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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harrystatel said...

I hope Steve Bebb doesn't screw-up another major case. He needs to return his law license to Woolworth's.

June 20, 2011 at 3:55 p.m.
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