CLEVELAND, Tenn. — A jury took two hours late today to find Aaron Dean Lawson guilty on two counts of first-degree murder and unlawful possession of a handgun in the April 19, 2011, shooting deaths of his daughter's grandparents, Charles "Eddie" and Deborah Phillips.
Lawson's attorney argued against murder charges, saying that — at worst — his client should be convicted of voluntary manslaughter.
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Tim Omarzu covers Catoosa and Walker counties for the Times Free Press. Omarzu is a longtime journalist who has worked as a reporter and editor at daily and weekly newspapers in Michigan, Nevada and California. Stories he's covered include crime in blighted parts of metro Detroit and Reno, Nev.; environmental activists tree-sitting in California's Sierra Nevada foothills; attempts by the Michigan Militia to take over a township¹s government in northern Michigan. A native of Michigan, ...