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
  • Washington Post prescription pain pill database: 1.7 billion pain pills in Alabama from 2006-2012

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — The Washington Post, partnered with HD Media — which publishes the Charleston Gazette-Mail in West Virginia — successfully sued the Drug Enforcement Administration for information in its pain pills drug database. This week, the Washington Post has released a huge database — showing state and county-level data, drug makers, distributors and pharmacies — and prescription pain pill shipments to pharmacies and doctors from 2006 to 2012. The numbers are pretty staggering, based on the Post analysis. There […]

  • Judge to decide July 25 if Lionel Francis will get death sentence for daughter’s killing

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. —  On July 25, Madison County Circuit Judge Ruth Ann Hall will decide if Lionel Francis will get the death penalty or life in prison without parole. He was convicted in May of fatally shooting his 20-month-old daughter. If a death sentence is ordered, it will be the first time in 11 years in Madison County. The last defendant to receive a death sentence was Benito Albarran, in 2008, for the 2005 shooting death of Huntsville Police Department […]

  • 30 plaintiffs now part of sexual misconduct lawsuit against Decatur Dr. Michael Dick

    DECATUR, Ala. — Doctor Michael Dick is facing criminal charges amid allegations by former patients that he engaged in harassment and sexual misconduct. He is also facing a lawsuit alleging similar behavior and the number of plaintiffs is now up to 30, according to a Tuesday court filing. Dr. Dick has denied any wrongdoing and is contesting the charges and claims against him. His attorney in the criminal cases declined to comment Wednesday. His civil attorney did not respond to […]

  • U.S. Senate candidate John Merrill complains TV shows no longer uplift American values

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill, a Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate in 2020, told a group in Ft. Payne over the weekend that America’s moral fiber is decaying and it is time to fight back. In remarks he repeated to AL.com Monday, Merrill cited current TV shows as failing to uplift America. “The foundational principles which we have grown up as a nation are no more,” Merrill said while recounting his remarks to AL.com. “There’s […]

  • 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 […]

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