Aaron Dean Lawson was charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Charles “Eddie” Phillips, 58, and Debbie Phillips, 54.
Eddie Phillips was a well-known businessman in the Cleveland and Polk County area.
The couple was shot to death outside their Leatha Lane residence on April 19, 2011.
The shooting allegedly stemmed from a domestic situation in connection with the Phillips’ then 11-year-old grandchild. Lawson is the estranged father of the child, according to reports.
Parental custody issues were the reported motive for the shooting.
After allegedly shooting the couple, Lawson fled the scene and was captured the next day in Hamilton County after an intense manhunt by area law enforcement officials.
He was found holed up in a junkyard owned by some of his family members, according to previous reports.
Just after the shooting, information was received by Bradley County 911 dispatchers from Lawson’s family members regarding the incident.
Bradley County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the scene where they found the couple laying outside near a recreational vehicle. Both had been shot multiple times, according to Bradley County Sheriff Jim Ruth.
After Lawson was taken into custody, investigators focused on finding the semi-automatic weapons used in the homicide.
According to previous reports, detectives searched the areas, which Lawson would have travelled to reach his Hamilton County/Highway 58 destination.
Officials recovered parts of the gun that had been dismantled.
The Public Defenders office will represent Lawson and Assistant District Attorney General Stephen Hatchett is set to prosecute the case.