I grew up in Southern California. My family and I moved to Huntsville in 2000. My wife teaches high school. We have two sons, my younger son is a senior at Grissom High School. I’ve worked in newspapers for the past 23 years, as a reporter and editor. I’m still new to the TV news business, but WHNT is a great place to learn, filled with smart, dedicated people. I look forward to breaking news and telling great stories that make a difference in people’s lives. If you’ve got a news tip, a comment or a suggestion on what we can do better, I can be reached at brian.lawson@whnt.com


Recent Articles
  • Alabama Legislature votes to cut appeal time in death penalty cases

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — The Alabama Legislature has given final passage to a measure that would shorten the appeals process in state court for inmates sentenced to the death penalty. The measure’s roots are in the Madison County District Attorney’s office. District Attorney Rob Broussard has tried a number of death penalty cases, but he’s been dismayed by how some of them have unfolded in the appellate process. “I’m looking at guys that I prosecuted, that are on death row, that have […]

  • Iraq war veteran Clayton Hinchman running for U.S. House seat now held by Mo Brooks

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala —  Clayton Hinchman, a decorated U.S Army veteran, announced his bid for Congress Wednesday. It’s the 34-year-old West Point graduate’s first run for public office. He’s running as a Republican, seeking the seat currently held by U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks. Hinchman chose to make his announcement at the Madison County Veterans Memorial. “I know all about sacrifice,” he told the crowd Wednesday afternoon. “Just a few days ago, this month, in 2008, while conducting a night raid to […]

  • Congressman Mo Brooks to enter Alabama’s U.S. Senate race, field growing

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks, who represents Huntsville and much of North Alabama, will formally announce his entry into the race for the U.S. Senate seat previously held by Jeff Sessions. Qualifying for candidates to run in the special election ends Wednesday It is expected to be a crowded field, with Brooks among the four candidates who will stand out, says WHNT News 19 political analyst Jess Brown. Brooks’ office said he will make his candidate announcement in […]

  • West Morgan-East Lawrence water authority receives $5 million lawsuit settlement from Daikin

    LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ala. — A federal judge has approved a $5 million lawsuit settlement between the West Morgan-East Lawrence Water Authority and Daikin America related to chemical contamination in the authority’s drinking water. The settlement was approved Wednesday by U.S. District Judge Abdul Kallon. The lawsuit was filed in September 2015 and also names 3M and Dyneon. The lawsuit is ongoing against those companies. The settlement with Daikin was announced about a year later, pending the court’s approval. That approval was given […]

  • Man accused of Huntsville double murder in church food pantry found guilty

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Richard Burgin was found guilty of capital murder by a Huntsville jury on Tuesday morning. Richard Burgin found guilty of capital murder. @whnt — Brian Lawson (@BrianLawson15) May 9, 2017 Burgin faced capital murder charges for the killing of elderly brothers Anthony and Terry Jackson while they were setting up the weekly food bank at West Huntsville United Methodist Church on May 21, 2013. They were stabbed to death. The jury considered the case and evidence for a […]

  • Jury begins deliberations in Richard Burgin double murder case

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. —  The jury deliberated for about 90 minutes Monday afternoon in the double murder trial of Richard Burgin, who could face a death sentence if he is convicted. Deliberations by the six-woman, six-man jury will resume Tuesday morning. The case against Burgin centers on DNA and fingerprint evidence found about a block from the crime scene, near a knife and bloody rag that had the victims’ DNA and blood. Prosecutors told the jury Monday morning the evidence ties together […]

  • Closing arguments set for Monday in Huntsville church double murder case

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Both sides have rested in the double murder trial of Richard Burgin, who is charged in the May 2013 stabbing deaths of two elderly brothers working at the food bank at West Huntsville United Methodist Church. The defense rested Friday afternoon without calling any witnesses. Jurors spent part of Friday visiting the crime scene off 9th Avenue in Huntsville and the neighborhood around it at the request of the prosecution. About a block from the church, a Huntsville […]

  • Jury hears grim details in Huntsville church double murder

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — The prosecution continued its double murder case against Richard Burgin, using witness testimony to recall a gory crime scene, suggest that a robbery may have taken place and outline the fatal injuries of Anthony and Terry Jackson. The Jackson brothers were fatally stabbed on May 21, 2013 at West Huntsville United Methodist Church while they were helping set up the church’s weekly food bank. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty is Burgin is convicted of capital murder. The […]

  • Trial opens in Huntsville church pantry double murder, K-9 located knife, cup with defendant’s DNA

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. —  The capital murder trial of Richard Burgin opened Wednesday morning with the prosecution telling jurors that four key pieces of evidence link Burgin to the May 2013 murders of two elderly brothers at West Huntsville United Methodist Church. The defense used its opening statement to urge jurors to consider the lack of evidence in the state’s case against Burgin. Burgin, 53, could face the death penalty if convicted in the stabbing deaths of Anthony and Terry Jackson. […]

  • Huntsville church pantry double murder case opens Wednesday, prosecution seeking death penalty

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — The jury has been selected for the death penalty trial of accused double-murderer Richard Burgin, and the two sides will begin with opening statements Wednesday morning. Burgin is accused of killing Terry and Anthony Jackson at West Huntsville United Methodist Church, while they worked in the church’s food bank in May 2013. The prosecution is seeking the death penalty, arguing the stabbing deaths of the elderly brothers was “heinous, atrocious and cruel.” The defense maintains Burgin didn’t commit […]

  • Alabama Secretary of State releases list of 93 candidates who failed to file annual campaign finance reports

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill released a list of 93 former Alabama candidates or Political Action Committees that failed to file a 2016 annual campaign finance report by Jan. 31, 2017. Merrill said more than 1,000 candidates or PACs should have filed the annual report by the end of January, but 93 failed to do so. The candidate’s campaign finance records — either paper or electronic — can be viewed at the Alabama Secretary of State’s website, […]

  • Jury selection begins in death penalty trial of Richard Burgin, charged with Huntsville church pantry double murder

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Jury selection began today in the double-murder trial of Richard Burgin, who is accused of killing two elderly brothers working at a Huntsville church food bank in May 2013. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for Burgin in the stabbing deaths of Terry and Anthony Jackson at West Huntsville United Methodist Church. Because it is a death penalty case, the jury pool of 80 is larger than for most cases. The prospective jurors were given a questionnaire with 67 […]