Lawson trial begins Tuesday
by By GREG KAYLOR Banner Staff Writer
Sep 23, 2012 | 1427 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print

Motions are expected to be heard Monday and a trial is set to begin Tuesday in the 2011 shooting deaths of a Charleston couple.

Aaron Dean Lawson was charged with two counts of first-degree murder after allegedly killing Charles “Eddie” and Debbie Phillips.

The two were killed outside their Charleston home on Leatha Lane just before 9 p.m. April 19, 2011.

The shooting allegedly stemmed from a domestic situation in connection with the Phillips’ 11 year-old grandchild. Lawson is reportedly the estranged father of the child.

According to investigators’ information, the victims had been shot several times.

Lawson reportedly fled the area to a family business where Hamilton County law enforcement along with Bradley County investigators took him into custody approximately 19 hours after the shooting.

Lawson had dismantled the firearm he allegedly used and scattered the pieces along the route he drove as he headed to the Hamilton County location where he was found.

He was also in possession of a 9 mm handgun which was found intact by investigators, according to reports.

According to previous reports, Lawson was acquitted earlier this year of an alleged aggravated assault which stemmed from an altercation outside a bar Feb. 5, 2011.

Lawson was accused of stabbing Travis Millard outside of Bonnie’s Talk of the Town.

During the trial over the aggravated assault charge, Lawson’s attorney Randy Rogers contended Millard had “stabbed himself.”

Attorney Randy Rogers will defend Lawson. Assistant District Attorney General Stephen Hatchett will prosecute the case for the state of Tennessee.