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
  • Murder case against man accused of killing Huntsville police officer bound over to grand jury, suspect denied bond

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. – Judge Patrick Tuten has sent the murder case of LaJeromeny Brown over to a grand jury. While in court today, the prosecution indicated they plan to seek the death penalty in the case. Tuten also said he would consider the defense’s request for bond, which the prosecutors strongly opposed. Brown is accused of shooting and killing Huntsville Police Officer Billy Clardy III on December 6 at a home on Levert Street. There was only one witness […]

  • Preliminary hearing Monday for man accused of killing Huntsville Police Officer Billy Clardy

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — The shooting death of Huntsville Police Officer Billy Clardy on Dec. 6 left a community shaken and in mourning. Now, the man accused of shooting Officer Clardy has his first significant court date next week. LaJeromeny Brown is due in court Monday for a preliminary hearing.  A preliminary hearing requires the state to spell out the basics of its case and the defense can challenge it. The judge then has to decide if the state has shown […]

  • U.S. Senator Doug Jones repeats call for witnesses in impeachment trial

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — The U.S. Senate moved into the second day of opening statements from the Democratic house managers in the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump and the arguments focused on claims the president abused his power by soliciting Ukraine’s help in the 2020 election. The House impeached President Trump in December on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, setting the stage for only the third presidential impeachment trial in U.S. history. Alabama Democratic U.S. Senator Doug Jones […]

  • Murder trial schedule in flux for Huntsville police officer William Darby

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Huntsville Police Officer William Darby was scheduled to go on trial for murder next month, but it appears that will not happen. Darby is charged with the April 2018 on-duty shooting of Jeffrey Parker at Parker’s home in Huntsville. Darby was one of the officers who responded to a 911 call Parker made, claiming he was suicidal. A pre-trial hearing for Darby was set for Tuesday, but it was continued. His lead attorney, Robert Tuten, filed for […]

  • New questions raised on Limestone County judge facing criminal charges

    LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. — Limestone County District Court Judge Douglas Patterson was indicted in December on charges of theft and using his office for personal gain. But, the case has taken an unusual turn. The Alabama Judicial Inquiry Commission announced a complaint this week against Patterson in the wake of his indictment. The complaint focuses on the criminal charges and also points to an apparent confession letter Patterson sent to another judge and related court personnel last month. Click here […]

  • Alabama U.S. Senators ready for juror roles in impeachment, Doug Jones calls for witnesses, documents

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Alabama’s U.S. Senators — Republican Richard Shelby and Democrat Doug Jones — are among those who will be asked to hear the evidence in the impeachment trial against President Trump and ultimately offer a verdict. It would take a two-thirds vote in the Senate to remove the president from office. The House impeached President Trump in December on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, setting the stage for only the third presidential impeachment trial […]

  • Alabama prison study group hopeful plan will satisfy US Department of Justice

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — The Alabama Legislature begins work Feb. 4, with a packed agenda. Among the pressing issues before legislators is the U.S. Department of Justice assertion that Alabama`s prison conditions violate the U.S. Constitution. Alabama House Speaker Mac McCutcheon, R-Monrovia, says the legislature will take up the prison problem. “For sure we’re going to be dealing with the corrections issue,” he said. “We’re under notice from the DOJ to address the corrections. We’re already working on it.” A study […]

  • Huntsville man pleads guilty in axe murder of roommate

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — A Huntsville man charged with killing his roommate with an axe pleaded guilty Monday to murder shortly before his murder trial was set to begin. Randal Beard, 59, had been charged with capital murder, but entered a guilty plea to murder, said Madison County District Attorney’s Office Chief Trial Attorney Tim Gann. Beard was given a life sentence. Beard was arrested in June 2017 after a distress call was made by someone who’d been living in a […]

  • Former astronaut James Halsell had no alcohol in his system following 2016 fatal crash

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — A former NASA space shuttle commander charged in a fatal 2016 crash wants a court to disallow any reference to his prior DUI conviction, arguing no alcohol was found in his system following the 2016 crash, records show. James Halsell’s attorneys argued the crash that killed two sisters off U.S. 82 in June 2016 is different from Halsell’s 2014 DUI in California because alcohol played no role in the crash. Halsell is charged with reckless murder and […]

  • Huntsville man charged with capital murder testifies he acted in self-defense in March 2018 shooting

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — A Huntsville man charged in an April 2018 shooting death  was in court Tuesday trying to convince a judge he shouldn’t go on trial because he was acting in self-defense. Demetrius Childs testifies at his stand your ground hearing that Devonte Bone had shot him in 2011, & threatened him just before he shot Bone in March 2018 at Westlake Apts. Childs faces capital murder charge. @whnt — Brian Lawson (@BrianLawson15) January 7, 2020 Demetrius Childs’ stand […]

  • Judge in Huntsville PD murder case asked to toss claim from officer who didn’t feel threatened

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Attorneys for a Huntsville police officer charged with murder are asking a judge to prevent another officer from testifying she heard the shooting victim say, “I don’t want to hurt you,” in the moments before he was killed, court records show. The defense team for Officer William Darby argues the statement Officer Genisha Pegues says she heard from Jeffrey Parker was not heard by another officer, and she did not relay that information to any officers at […]

  • U.S. Attorney Jay Town warns online radicalization can occur in any community

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Friday, Iran threatened “forceful revenge” in the wake of the United States’ killing of a top Iranian general who was linked to attacks on U.S. troops in Iraq and terrorist militias across the Middle East. Iranian security forces also said they would avenge the killing. U.S. Attorney Jay Town of the Northern District of Alabama spoke with WHNT News 19 on Friday, pointing out any community can face the risk of homegrown extremism through the reach of […]

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