UPDATE: Ohio quadruple murder suspect pleads not guilty to all 13 charges

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LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ohio UPDATE: 10/20/2017, 1:55 P.M.

A man accused of killing four people and stabbing a fifth person at a home in Pedro, Ohio, has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

Friday in Lawrence County, Ohio Common Pleas Court, Aaron Lawson, 23, of Pedro, pleaded not guilty to 13 charges against him in the October 11th murder of 4 people at a trailer home in Pedro, Ohio.

Lawson was indicted by a grand jury earlier this week on four counts of aggravated murder, and one count each of attempted murder, rape, felonious assault, kidnapping, abuse of a corpse, aggravated burglary, theft of a motor vehicle, tampering with evidence, and failure to comply with the order or signal of a police officer.

Each aggravated murder charge also has a specification with a maximum potential penalty of death by lethal injection.

Police say around 7:30 P.M. on Wednesday, October 11th, Lawson fatally shot 28-year-old Stacey Jackson, 50-year-old Donald McGuire, 43-year-old Tammie McGuire and Jackson's son, 8-year-old Devin Holston.

Investigators say Todd Holston, Stacey Jackson's husband and Devin Holston's father, came home just after the killings and confronted Lawson, wrestling with him as Lawson stabbed him multiple times with a pocketknife.

Todd Holston was flown by helicopter to a Huntington, West Virginia hospital, where he was treated for his injuries and was later released.

All of the victims are related. No motive has been made public.

After a 24-hour manhunt, Lawson was captured on the morning of October 13th, when a person saw Lawson walking along Lawrence County Road 52 and called 9-1-1.

Lawson remains without bond in the Lawrence County Jail and will have a pretrial hearing in 2 weeks, according to the Court.


UPDATE: 10/18/2017, 6:15 P.M.

A 23-year-old man accused of killing four people, including a young boy, at their trailer home in Lawrence County, Ohio, has been indicted on murder and other charges.

A grand jury indicted Aaron Lawson on four counts of aggravated murder, with each carrying a maximum penalty of death by lethal injection.

He was also indicted on several other counts, including attempted murder, burglary and assault, rape and abuse of a corpse.

Lawson was arrested last Friday along a country road after a manhunt that went on for 24 hours.

He is charged with four counts of aggravated murder.

Each count carries with it certain specifications.

Because of the aggravating circumstances in this case, each count carries with it a maximum potential penalty of death by lethal injection.

The killings occurred inside a mobile home in Pedro, Lawrence County, Ohio, which is near Huntington, West Virginia.


UPDATE: 10/14/2017 7:35 P.M.

A county prosecutor says he'll pursue the death penalty against the man charged in the slayings of three adults and a young boy in Lawrence County.

Arron Lawson, 23, was ordered held without bond Saturday after his arrest along Lawrence County Road 52 on Friday.

He's charged with one count of aggravated murder and three counts of murder in the shooting deaths of 28-year-old Stacey Jackson, 50-year-old Donald McGuire, 43-year-old Tammie McGuire and Jackson's son, 8-year-old Devin Holston.

All of the victims are related. No motive has been made public.

Devin's father, Todd Holston, was hospitalized after being stabbed inside the home.

Messages were left with Lawson's attorney Saturday.


UPDATE: 10/13/2017, 12:17 P.M.

Authorities say a man wanted for the murder of 4 family members, including a child, near Huntington, WV has been captured.

Lawrence County, Ohio Sheriff Jeff Lawless says deputies arrested Arron Lee Lawson, 23, of Pedro, Ohio, on Friday morning on Ohio State Route 52 in Lawrence County, which is across the Ohio River from Huntington.

Deputies say Lawson did not have a weapon on him when he was arrested and surrendered himself peacefully.

A local resident saw Lawson walking along Lawrence County Road 52 and called 9-1-1.

Arron Lawson is currently in the Lawrence County Jail and is charged with three counts of murder and one count of aggravated murder.

Deputies say at 7:30 P.M. Wednesday, at a trailer home at 15497 Ohio State Route 93 in Pedro, Ohio, Lawson fatally shot Donald McGuire, 50, Tammie L. McGuire, 43, Staci M. Jackson, 28, and Devin Holston, 8.

Investigators say Lawson is a cousin of Tammy McGuire and he lived next door to the home of the victims.

Initially, deputies found 3 dead adults inside the home, and launched a search for a missing 8-year-old boy, Devin Holston.

However, on Thursday, investigators found Holston's dead body hidden on the property where the other 3 murders occurred.

Another victim came home to the scene after work on Wednesday night and was stabbed several times by Lawson.

That person was able to escape and was airlifted to a Huntington, WV hospital where he is in good condition and is expected to be released soon, according to Sheriff Lawless.

Sheriff Lawson says over 100 officers, several helicopters and other equipment, from multiple law enforcement agencies in Ohio and West Virginia, helped search for Lawson, who had been on the run since the murders.


UPDATE: 10/12/2017, 3:42 P.M.

Deputies say 4 people were killed Wednesday at an Ohio home, including a 8-year-old boy, and investigators are looking for the suspect, Arron Lawson.

Warrants have been issued for Aaron Lawson, 23, on three counts of murder and one count of aggravated murder.

Arron Lawson is 5'9, 139 lbs with brown hair and hazel eyes.

Deputies say all of the people killed were found inside a home on Route 93 in Lawrence County, across the Ohio River from Huntington, WV.

8-year-old Devin Holston was found shot to death inside the home.

Sheriff Lawless says his body appeared to be hidden.

Another victim came home to the scene after work and was attacked by Lawson and stabbed several times.

That person was able to escape and was airlifted to a local hospital where he is doing well at this time, according to Sheriff Lawless.

Sheriff Lawless says the search for Lawson continues and "we're going to get him."

The last location Lawson was seen was in the 1500 block of County Road 181.

Sheriff Lawless says he has no indication that Lawson is armed with a firearm and that he believes the murder weapon has been recovered.

Multiple law enforcement agencies from three states are assisting the Lawrence County Sheriff's Department.

Sheriff Lawless says further charges could be pending against Lawson.


ORIGINAL STORY: 10/12/2017, 1:02 P.M.

The search continues for a person of interest in a triple homicide near Huntington, WV, as an endangered missing child advisory is canceled.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine says an endangered missing child advisory has been cancelled for 8-year-old Devin Holston, who is 4'8, 80 lbs with brown hair and brown eyes.

There is no word on the condition of Holston, who was discovered missing from the trailer home in Lawrence County, Ohio, across the Ohio River from Huntington, WV, where a triple homicide occurred at 7:30 P.M. Wednesday.

Deputies are searching for a person of interest in the case, Arron Lawson, 23, who is 5'9, 139 lbs with brown hair and hazel eyes.

Deputies say when they arrived at the shooting scene on Route 93 they found three adults inside with gunshot wounds.

A fourth victim was found stabbed at a residence a quarter of a mile down SR 93 at a relative's home.

That victim was alive and was flown to a Huntington hospital for treatment.

Lawson was spotted by deputies on SR 141 near CR 52 driving a blue Chevrolet truck around 12:30 a.m. Thursday, but after a short pursuit Lawson crashed his vehicle into a ditch and ran.

Deputies lost Lawson in a nearby wooded area.

If anyone has information about where Aaron Lawson or Devin Holston could be, please call the Lawrence County Sheriff's Office at 740-532-3525 or 9-1-1.



 
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