By Associated Press - Saturday, January 18, 2014

CLEVELAND, Tenn. (AP) - An eastern Tennessee man has been sentenced to life in prison shortly after being found guilty of gunning down his daughter’s maternal grandparents.

A jury in Cleveland, Tenn., handed down the verdict Friday night in the case of Aaron Dean Lawson in the slayings of Charles “Eddie” and Deborah Phillips, on April 19, 2011, at their Charleston, Tenn., home.

Prosecutors described Lawson as a clever man with a great defense attorney, but also a killer.

At odds for years with his then 11-year-old daughter’s grandparents, Lawson claimed that they attacked him when he went to their home to discuss his custody arrangements.

After hearing the verdict, Assistant District Attorney Stephen Hatchett told the Chattanooga Times Free Press ( “I’m glad that justice was served for this family.”


Information from: Chattanooga Times Free Press,

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