State of Ohio v. Arron L. Lawson, Case No. 2019-0487
Lawrence County Common Pleas Court
In October 2017, Arron Lawson killed his cousin, her 8-year-old son, and her parents, then led law enforcement officials on a three-day manhunt before confessing to the crime. Lawson's death sentence entitles him to an automatic appeal to the Ohio Supreme Court. He argues the trial court failed to adequately assess his mental competency before he pleaded guilty to the charges.
Because of the COVID-19 health crisis, the Supreme Court will hear arguments in the case by videoconference, which will be livestreamed.