UPDATE: Lawrence County, Ohio quadruple murder suspect returns to court

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LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) - UPDATE: 4/20/2018, 11:38 A.M.

The man accused of killing three adults and a child at a home in Pedro, Ohio in October, 2017 is back in court.

Quadruple murder suspect Arron Lawson has a pre-trial hearing on Friday in the Lawrence County courthouse in Ironton, Ohio.

Lawson could face the death penalty if convicted of some of his charges.

He is accused of killing four people, including an 8-year-old boy, in October, 2017.

The killings happened in a home along state Route 93, in the Pedro area of Lawrence County.

Lawson, who's from Pedro, is accused of shooting to death Donald McGuire and his wife Tammie McGuire, along with their daughter Stacey Jackson, also known as Stacey Holston, and her son, 8-year-old Devin Holston.

He faces a long list of charges in a 13-count indictment, including four which bring the possibility of the death penalty.


UPDATE 3/12/18, 1:45 P.M.

A quadruple murder suspect appeared in court Monday for a motion hearing.

A motion to dismiss the death penalty against Arron Lawson was denied.

Lawson is accused of killing four people, including an 8-year-old boy, last October.

It happened in the Pedro area of Lawrence County, Ohio. The family members were found shot to death in a home along state Route 93.

Lawson, who's from Pedro, faces a long list of charges in a 13-count indictment, including four which bring the possibility of the death penalty. He is accused of shooting to death Donald McGuire and his wife Tammie McGuire, along with their daughter Stacey Jackson, also known as Stacey Holston, and her son, 8-year-old Devin Holston.

The hearing was the second of several pretrial hearings to hear motions filed by both the state and the defense in the case. The defense filed around 50.

Several of the motions heard Monday involved the jury selection process. The defense says because the case is so high profile, they want to make sure the jury selection is very careful and precise to assure no juror has any preconceived notions.

Lawrence County Prosecutor Brigham Anderson says he expects the trial to take about a month to complete, with jury selection taking at least two weeks.

The trial is set for early August.

Lawson's next court date is scheduled at 10 a.m. April 20.


UPDATE 2/2/18, 5:36 P.M.

A quadruple murder suspect was back in court Friday for a motion hearing.

Arron Lawson is accused of killing four people, including an 8-year-old boy, back in October.

It happened in the Pedro area of Lawrence County, Ohio. The family members were found shot to death in a home along state Route 93.

Lawson, who's from Pedro, faces a long list of charges in a 13-count indictment, including four which bring the possibility of the death penalty. He is accused of shooting to death Donald McGuire and his wife Tammie McGuire, along with their daughter Stacey Jackson, also known as Stacey Holston, and her son, 8-year-old Devin Holston.

Lawson is also accused of raping Stacey, as well as stabbing her husband, Todd Holston, who survived the crime spree.

"I think everybody's holding up rather well considering the circumstances," said Lawrence County Prosecutor Brigham Anderson.

At the Feb. 2 hearing, Lawson's mom and stepmom were in the crowd, as well as family members of the victims. Stacey's sisters say they have not seen a shred of remorse from Lawson since the day he was taken away in handcuffs.

The court appearance was a motion hearing. To date, the defense has filed 50 motions in the trial and the prosecution has filed three motions.

Friday, the court heard four of the defense motions and two state motions.

"There's a tremendous amount discovery, there's a tremendous amount of work that goes into these before the trial," Anderson said. "I think everybody -- the judge, the prosecution and the defense are all trying to get this so we can try it in August. That is our goal."

These are called "non-evidentiary motions" and Anderson says Friday was more of a status conference to decide how the court is going to deal with those motions.

The state agreed with four of the defense's motions, "Basic motions for requesting funds for experts, that type of thing," Anderson said.

However, there are several motions the state disagreed with that will have to be argued in court.

More than a dozen motions will be heard on March 12 in the next hearing.

"Just for time sake, the court scheduled separate days to hear these motions before the trial."

In the prosecution's motions, they have asked for permission to do testing on DNA.

"There was some DNA that was collected at the scene, that in order to test the DNA, requires a complete destruction of the sample," Anderson said. "The DNA testing -- those things take time to do. We have investigators that are working on the case. The defense has hired investigators that will go back and do their own investigations."

There are also two cell phones collected at the scene that the state is wanting to extract data from. Doing so would be "destructive."

Anderson says the defense has agreed to allow the testing and the court has granted that the prosecution can move forward with it.

Perhaps one of the most noteworthy motions filed by the defense is number 11: "Defendent's motion to dismiss capital components of this case due to constitutional and international law violations."

"They filed a motion to take the death penalty specifications from the indictment, to dismiss those specifications," Anderson said. "That will be a motion that's heard in March and obviously we're going to be opposed to that motion and we've written a response that we're going to file next week."

Anderson says they have set aside five weeks for the trial and anticipate it lasting that long.

A trial date has been set for Aug. 6, 2018.


UPDATE 11/03/17, 12:55 P.M.

A quadruple murder suspect in Lawrence County, Ohio was back in court Friday.

Arron Lawson, 23, is accused of killing four people, including an 8-year-old boy, in October.

It happened in the Pedro area of Lawrence County, Ohio. The family members were found shot to death in a home along state Route 93.

A trial date has been set for Aug. 6, 2018.

There was a massive manhunt for Lawson 36 hours after the deaths, but he was eventually caught.

Lawson was scheduled to have a pretrial hearing at 1 p.m. Friday, but didn't actually appear in the courtroom until around 3 p.m.

Lawson, who's from Pedro, faces a long list of charges in a 13-count indictment, including four which bring the possibility of the death penalty. He is accused of shooting to death Donald McGuire and his wife Tammie McGuire, along with their daughter Stacey Jackson, also known as Stacey Holston, and her son, 8-year-old Devin Holston.

Lawson is also accused of raping Stacey and stabbing her husband, Todd Holston, who survived the crime spree.

In addition to setting a trial date, the judge addressed several housekeeping matters Friday.

The judge said that the Supreme Court of Ohio has officially been made aware of the capital indictment filing: prosecutors going for the death penalty. Also, the judge ordered that future evidence be sealed -- not available to the public -- until further notice.

We’re waiting to hear from investigators about a possible motive and a more clear idea of the timeline of the murders.

The autopsy report should provide some more details.

We told you at his last hearing he went from being called Arron Lawson to requesting that the judge call him “Uh-Ron.”

Lawson also looked much different Friday. He was last seen in our coverage with long hair and a shaggy beard, but he has since shaved both.


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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