Ohio court hears grisly details after guilty plea in 4 slayings | TribLIVE.com

Ohio court hears grisly details after guilty plea in 4 slayings

Associated Press

IRONTON, Ohio — The way the killer told it, the young boy was the second of the four relatives slain. The boy’s mother was already dead, and he was asking too many questions, so the guy sent the kid to a bedroom with the false promise of finding a video game system there, then shot him.

His body, hidden under clothing next to a dresser, wouldn’t be found until the next day, once his mother and her mother and stepfather were found dead and a missing-child alert was issued.

The gruesome details are being recounted for a three-judge panel as they consider whether the confessed attacker, Arron Lawson, should be sentenced to prison or death for the October 2017 slayings at a home near Ironton, in southern Ohio’s Lawrence County.

Lawson, 24, pleaded guilty last week to 13 counts, including aggravated murder.

Prosecutors allege he killed the boy’s mother — Lawson’s cousin — and other members of her family because she broke off an affair with Lawson. A then-2-year-old child at the home was spared.

Lawson also was accused of stabbing and wounding his cousin’s husband when the man arrived at the home after the others were killed. He resorted to using a pocketknife because he was out of ammunition, The Ironton Tribune reported.

Prosecutors argue Lawson’s actions were planned and intentional: He’d previously wedged a book into a window at the home so he could slip back in and hide until after the boy left for school. He later called the school pretending to be the boy’s father to make sure he would go home after class, not go to see his grandparents. Lawson also packed a backpack of supplies, including a ski mask, toilet paper and a flashlight, but he left it behind when he fled after the stabbing.

He surrendered after a two-day manhunt and gave a recorded confession that was played in court.

Defense attorney Kirk McVay argued the detailed confession reflected Lawson’s remorse, The Herald-Dispatch in nearby Huntington, W.Va., reported.

In defending him, McVay also said Lawson was raised in a poor family in which he was bullied.

McVay further contends Lawson’s parents abused and neglected him, The Daily Independent of Ashland, Ky., reported.

Arron Lawson is facing four counts of aggravated murder in the shooting deaths of four family members in Pedro, Ohio, in 2017.
Categories: News | World
TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.