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
  • Stephen Marc Stone with one of his attorneys. (Photo: Gregg Stone, WHNT News 19)

    Man accused in south Huntsville murders to pursue insanity defense

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Attorneys for Stephen Marc Stone, the man accused of killing his wife and son in south Huntsville,  have filed a motion saying they will seek to prove their client is not guilty by reason of insanity. Stone is charged with the murders of his wife, Krista Stone, and their 7-year-old son Zachary.  Both were killed in the family’s home on Chicamauga Trail in February 2013. Under Alabama law,  an insanity defense seeks to prove the person didn’t […]

  • Congressman Mo Brooks, (R)-Alabama District 5 (Image: brooks.house.gov)

    If U.S. Senate confirms Jeff Sessions as attorney general, replacement likely to be named quickly

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Donald Trump is poised to become the 45th President of the United States and that could mean big changes for U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks. The 5th District congressman, who serves the Huntsville area, is among a handful of candidates who’ve been interviewed by Gov. Robert Bentley, twice, as possible successors to U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions. Sessions was nominated by Trump to serve as attorney general. Sessions went through the confirmation process last week and a confirmation vote could […]

  • Stephen Marc Stone with one of his attorneys. (Photo: Gregg Stone, WHNT News 19)

    Madison County DA’s office seeking death penalty in two upcoming murder trials

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The Madison County District Attorney’s office will be seeking the death penalty in two cases that are set for trial in the next few months. Stephen Marc Stone is set to go on trial March 6 on capital murder charges in the February 2013 killings of his wife, Krista Stone and their 7-year-old son, Zachary. Richard Burgin has a May 1 trial date in the May 2013 stabbing deaths of two elderly brothers, Terry and Louis Jackson. […]

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    Same chemical found in West Morgan-East Lawrence drinking water, is focus of multi-million dollar jury award in Ohio

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — One of the chemicals found in above-recommended levels in the West Morgan-East Lawrence Water Authority’s drinking water last summer has been the focus of multi-million jury awards in federal court in Ohio. A Columbus, Ohio jury awarded a man a total of $12.5 million last week, in support of his claims that chemicals dumped by DuPont into a drinking water supply in West Virginia for many years led to his getting testicular cancer. Bill Walker, managing editor of […]

  • Pat and Pete Bondurant.

    One of the ‘Big Boy Killers’ featured on ‘Evil Twins’ freed from Tennessee prison

    ARDMORE, Tenn. —  A convicted murderer walks free in Tennessee, freed from prison over the holidays. Pete Bondurant has completed his sentence for his role in a famously heinous crime. Twin brothers Pat and Pete Bondurant, whose crimes were chronicled on the true crime TV show “Evil Twins,” have met a fork in the road. The brothers were both convicted in 1991 of second-degree murder in the brutal death of Gwen Dugger, a young Ardmore mother. Pete Bondurant did 25 […]

  • Eric Parker (Photo: WHNT News 19 file photo)

    Judge considering tossing federal excessive force lawsuit against officer Eric Parker, City of Madison

    MADISON, Ala. –  A federal judge has given Sureshbhai Patel’s lawyers 20 days to show the court why she shouldn’t throw out Patel’s lawsuit against the City of Madison and police officer Eric Parker. Patel sued Madison and Parker, alleging federal civil rights violations, after suffering spinal damage from the encounter with Parker. The show cause order by U.S. District Judge Virginia Emerson Hopkins is dated Dec. 29. Patel’s lawyers are being asked to respond to Madison’s latest motion to […]

  • Former Madison County Sheriff's Deputy Justin Watson heading into federal court in Huntsville.  (File/January 2016)

    Former Madison County Sheriff’s deputy Justin Watson faces federal prison

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Former Madison County Sheriff’s Office deputy Justin Watson is scheduled to report to prison next week for a three-year prison term. Based on court records the two-week window for Watson to appeal his sentence appears to have passed on Dec. 20, 14 days after U.S. District Judge Karon Bowdre formally entered her sentencing order. The origins of the case against Watson began with a bar fight between Watson and a Tennessee handyman, Robert Bryant, in June 2012. Federal […]

  • Richard Shelby (R-AL), Left. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Right.

    Alabama delegation’s seniority in the U.S. Senate may be winding down

    HUNTSVILLE,  Ala. – U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby is poised to become Alabama’s longest serving member of Congress, if he completes his new term, which is set to run until 2022. Shelby was reelected in November. He is 82-years-old and his office has indicated his current plan is not to seek another term for the seat he’s held since 1986. Shelby served eight years in the U.S. House before becoming a senator. “He is truly an institution within the Congress of the […]

  • Alabama Governor Robert Bentley and former senior political advisor, Rebekah Caldwell Mason.

    Lawsuit: Gov. Bentley uses ALEA personnel, resources to dig up dirt on people he doesn’t like

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. — An ongoing lawsuit against Gov. Robert Bentley added new claims today, including that the governor uses state law enforcement resources and personnel to try and punish people he dislikes. Spencer Collier, the former head of the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency has expanded his lawsuit against Bentley, Bentley’s former top political advisor Rebekah Mason and others. Collier, who has alleged Bentley had an affair with Mason, said in the amended complaint filed today that Bentley continues to use […]

  • The Rev. Oscar Montgomery, pastor Union  Hill Primitive Baptist Church.

    Huntsville City Schools ill-prepared to change student discipline policy, local pastor says

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Huntsville City Schools changed its code of conduct in the last school year as part of an effort to reduce the number of student discipline incidents. That goal is part of a consent decree between the school system and the U.S. Justice Department aimed at ending a decades-old desegregation order and is being overseen by a federal judge. But the 2015-16 school year actually saw discipline rates for black students increase over the prior year. [We’d like […]

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    Report: Huntsville City Schools cut severe discipline last year, but increased referrals, in-school suspensions

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — WHNT News 19 received complaints for months during the last school year about discipline issues in the Huntsville City Schools. Now a new school system report sheds new light on what was going on. The report was submitted by the school system to the federal judge overseeing its efforts to get out from under a desegregation order. Huntsville City Schools had about the same number of students in the past two school years, just short of 24,000. A […]

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    New report: Huntsville City Schools still disciplines black students at much higher rate than white students

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Huntsville City Schools’ student discipline report for the 2015-16 school year found black students were much more likely to face school discipline than their white peers. The school system is required to address the issue of racial discrepancies in student discipline as part of an agreement with the Department of Justice aimed at ending a longstanding desegregation order. But Huntsville City Schools found disparities for 2015-16 were worse than during the previous year. The report found black […]