published Friday, January 17th, 2014

UPDATE: Jury finds Aaron Lawson guilty of first-degree murder in Bradley County double homicide

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    Aaron Lawson, right, and Travis Herd listen to opening statements Tuesday in the first day of Lawson's trial at the Bradley County Justice Center. Lawson is accused in the April 2011 slayings of his daughter's grandparents.
    Photo by Angela Lewis /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

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.

Read more in Saturday's Times Free Press.

about Tim Omarzu...

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, ...

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