Once again, the media gets it wrong. This was not a "custody dispute." It was a psycho killer daddy named AARON LAWSON who was given custodial rights/visitation with an 11-year-old girl--even though it's not even clear if he was ever married to her mother. And how much do you want to bet that this guy had a history of violence that has been neatly swept under the rug? And because a psycho daddy just had to be granted his "rights" no matter what, two people have been shot dead. Somehow, I suspect a family court and a judge are somewhere in this picture, but of course, their role in keeping the psycho daddy firmly in the picture--instead of protecting innocent people--will probably never be clarified. Of course, the courts will never be held responsible for their actions either.
The problems is NOT that poor widdle daddies don't get to see their kids. The problem is that due to the pernicious influence of the fathers rights movement, even violent fathers like this"alleged" double killer freak are being given their "rights" at the expense of everyone else. As a result, innocent people are put in harm's way. Two people dead now. And that's not even going into the trauma that the mother and the daughter have been subjected to over the past 11 years.
published Thursday, April 21st, 2011
Sheriff: Double homicide over custody dispute
CHARLESTON, Tenn. — The Bradley County man charged with two counts of murder shot his daughter’s grandparents over a custody dispute, the sheriff said Wednesday.
Aaron Lawson, 32, of Cleveland, Tenn., waited outside the home of Charles “Eddie” and Deborah Phillips near Charleston on Tuesday night until the couple came outside, Bradley County Sheriff Jim Ruth said.
Lawson is the father of the Phillipses’ 11-year-old granddaughter, whose name has not been released. The sheriff didn’t give details on the exact nature of the custody dispute but said the Phillipses and Lawson had argued about the subject.
Ruth didn’t say why the couple came out of their house or if a fight broke out. But at some point Lawson apparently pulled out a 9 mm pistol and shot the couple — both in their 50s — several times each, Ruth said. Lawson then sped out of the driveway in his pickup truck around 8:45 p.m.
A manhunt involving multiple agencies lasted all Tuesday night and half of Wednesday. Then authorities got a tip that Lawson was hiding at the business of a family member off Highway 58 in north Hamilton County. A SWAT team and other officers staked out the business for several hours until they were able to arrest Lawson without trouble, police said.
“You never know what way they are going to react,” said Bradley County Chief Deputy Wayne Bird, explaining authorities were ready for “suicide by cop,” a situation in which someone provokes police into shooting.
Lawson was charged with two counts of first-degree murder.
Police have not released the name of the child’s mother, who lives in Cleveland. They said she and Lawson had been in a relationship but could not confirm if they had been married or when the relationship ended.