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
  • Race for Alabama’s U.S. Senate seat heats up as candidates report campaign cash

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — The Alabama 2020 primaries are seven and a half months away — but the money chase is in full swing. The candidates for an Alabama U.S. Senate seat are all taking in campaign cash and the quarterly campaign finance filings are due to the Federal Election Commission, by midnight. The seat is currently held by U.S. Sen. Doug Jones, a Democrat, and at least five would-be Republican challengers have entered the race. Jones, won the seat in […]

  • On eve of anniversary of Guntersville triple murder Gov. Ivey taps Charlie Graddick to head of Board of Pardons and Paroles

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — On the eve of the anniversary of the Guntersville triple-murder case that led to reforms in the Alabama parole system, Gov. Kay Ivey picked former Attorney General Charlie Graddick to become the parole board’s director. Graddick’s new job is among several steps the governor, Attorney General Steve Marshall and the Alabama Legislature have taken in the aftermath of the deaths of 7-year-old Colton Lee, his great grandmother Marie Martin and neighbor Martha Reliford The triple-homicide shocked the […]

  • U.S. Sen. Doug Jones says Alabama will be hurt by Obamacare repeal, rivals for his Senate seat disagree

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — A federal appeals court in New Orleans heard arguments this week on the fate of the Affordable Care Act – otherwise known as Obamacare — and U.S. Sen. Doug Jones says a ruling striking down the law will hurt Alabama. A number of state attorney’s general, including Alabama’s want the law struck down and filed a lawsuit in 2018. Jones, a Democrat whose seat is up for election in 2020, toured the state last week “Hearing from […]

  • Gov. Kay Ivey says ADEM needs to offer solutions to 3M chemical release problems in North Alabama

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — We are continuing to press government officials for answers about illegal chemical releases into the Tennessee River. WHNT News 19 discovered that 3M violated federal law by releasing toxic chemicals for a decade — and the state had permitted it. We asked Gov. Kay Ivey about the issue today during her visit to Huntsville. Chelsea Brentzel asked, “Why then did it take me finding documents to make the public aware that 3M was violating federal law for […]

  • Prosecution of 2015 New Market killings that claimed 5 lives may face further delay

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – It has been nearly four years since a New Market murder case that left five dead, including a woman who was 9 months pregnant. Now, the case may face a new delay. Christopher Henderson is one of two people charged with capital murder in the case that claimed the life of his estranged wife Kristen Henderson – who was due to deliver a baby – two children and his mother-in-law. The killings took place at Kristen Henderson’s […]

  • Bessemer-area DA drops manslaughter case against woman charged after being shot while pregnant

    BESSEMER, Ala. — District Attorney Lynneice Washington, who serves Jefferson County-Bessemer Cutoff,  has been in the eye of the storm for a week. But, that may have ended Wednesday with her announcement that manslaughter charges against Marshae Jones will be dismissed. The DA’s office filed a formal dismissal notice with the Jefferson County-Bessemer Cutoff Circuit Court Wednesday. During a press conference Wednesday, Washington called the case a tragedy.  Jones was indicted last week for manslaughter after being shot during a […]

  • Defense wants judge to toss manslaughter charge against woman who lost baby after being shot

    JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ala. — Lawyers for Marshae Jones — charged with manslaughter after being shot while pregnant and losing the baby — are asking a Jefferson County to dismiss the indictment against her. The motion to dismiss argues prosecutors are ignoring Alabama law which bars prosecution of a mother for murder or manslaughter “with respect to her unborn child,” and “charged a new theory of criminal liability that does not exist.” The Jones case has drawn national attention. A Jefferson […]

  • U.S. Sen. Doug Jones frustrated by lack of Senate action on ‘military widow’s tax’

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – U.S. Sen. Doug Jones’ effort to repeal the military widow’s tax hit a snag Thursday. “I  tried to force a vote, really just push a vote out on a bipartisan bill to repeal the military widow’s tax, which currently has a record high 75 cosponsors,” Jones said during a conference call Thursday morning. Jones, D-Alabama, said Senate leaders wouldn’t allow an amendment to the defense authorization bill they voted on today. “Our sworn duty to military widows […]

  • Madison County DA says evidence often clear in cases involving law enforcement officers

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Huntsville police officer William Darby, who is charged with murder, plans to ask the Alabama Supreme Court to find that he acted in self-defense in the 2018 on-duty shooting of Jeffrey Parker. Darby’s petition to the state’s high court follows the Tuesday rejection of his efforts to get a rehearing by the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals. The appeals court had previously rejected Darby’s request that it overrule Madison County Circuit Judge Donna Pate’s ruling denying Darby’s […]

  • Madison County District Attorney’s Office finds fatal Huntsville police shooting was justified

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The Madison County District Attorney’s Office agrees with a Huntsville shooting review board in finding that the use of deadly force during a police encounter with an Army veteran suffering from PTSD was justified. On Friday, a police review board determined the officers involved in the shooting acted within department policy. Madison County District Attorney Rob Broussard told WHNT News 19 Monday that the evidence supports the board’s finding. “The investigator with the Huntsville Police Department met […]

  • Settlement reached in Spencer Collier’s lawsuit against former Gov. Bentley, allegations spurred impeachment effort

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The lawsuit filed by Spencer Collier against then-Gov. Robert Bentley, Bentley’s alleged mistress Rebekah Mason and former Alabama Law Enforcement Agency head Stan Stabler, has been settled, lawyers in the case said Wednesday. The lawsuit was filed by Collier after he was dismissed from the top job at ALEA. Attorneys for Bentley and Collier would not disclose any settlement terms Wednesday. Collier’s criticisms of Bentley, including alleging undue influence on the governor by Mason – his chief […]

  • Alabama governor signs chemical castration measure for child-sex offenders

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey has signed into law a chemical castration measure for sex offenders convicted of abusing a child 13 and younger. The bill is due to go into effect Sept. 1, but state officials are just getting started as far as what happens next. The new chemical castration law will be applied as a condition of parole, for sex crimes involving younger victims,  but, many of those same crimes are not parole-eligible.  So, it`s expected […]

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