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 lawmakers divided on budget deal led by U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Monday, Alabama’s senior U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby said Senate Appropriations Committee leaders had reached a deal on seven spending bills, aiming to avoid a government shutdown Friday night. By Thursday, both the Senate and House passed the combined measure. President Trump signed it Friday afternoon. Shelby, who chairs the Senate Appropriations Committee, worked with the committee’s ranking Democrat, U.S. Patrick Leahy of Vermont, to find a compromise measure. The Senate passed the funding package 83-16. I […]

  • The Deadly Cost of Fentanyl: Federal agents facing global challenges

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — The Fentanyl problem confronting North Alabama and the rest of the United States has roots thousands of miles away, according to federal law enforcement officials. Fentanyl is an American-made drug, used to treat severe pain, often with cancer patients. Authorities say knockoffs of Fentanyl – now, the deadliest drug in the United States – are being produced in China with few controls. “What we’re learning is how feckless the Chinese laws are, and we’re trying to get China […]

  • The Deadly Cost of Fentanyl: Doctors, investigators, addicts feel the drug’s terrible burden

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Loen Beasley knows firsthand just how dangerous Fentanyl can be, and he’s lived to tell about it. “This is my second go around, I was here last year from August of 16 to August of 17,” Beasley says, speaking during a break at the Downtown Rescue Mission’s faith-based recovery program. Fentanyl is much more potent than heroin and the leading cause of overdose deaths in the United States. Law enforcement professionals, doctors, counselors and addicts in North Alabama […]

  • The Deadly Cost of Fentanyl: Parents share their grief

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. –  It is the deadliest drug in the United States. And even a small, unexpected dose of the painkiller Fentanyl – which drug dealers are increasingly blending into other drugs from heroin to cocaine to pills – can prove fatal. Two milligrams of the drug, a few specks, is considered a lethal dose. This isn’t something happening in other parts of the country…it’s right here in your back yard. The Barton Family Hampton Cove parents Lee and Sally […]

  • U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby leading budget deal push to avert government shutdown

    WASHINGTON, D.C. —  Alabama’s senior U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby is offering a hopeful view that another government shutdown will be averted by this Friday’s deadline. Shelby, chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee is leading negotiations to a final spending deal that will cover a number of government agencies. Shelby and U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vermont, had crafted a budget deal last December only to see it cast aside over President Trump’s push for more money for a border wall. Monday […]

  • Alabama prisoner suicide is far above national average, six suicides since late November, SPLC says

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — The Southern Poverty Law Center, which successfully sued the Alabama Department of Corrections over its treatment of mentally ill inmates, is raising new concerns about the inmate suicide rate. U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson found in June 2017 that Alabama’s treatment of mentally ill inmates was unconstitutional, a violation of the constitution’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment. There have been 13 suicides in the past 14 months, the group reported Friday. Maria Morris, supervising attorney for the Southern […]

  • Stephen Marc Stone found guilty in capital murder trial

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Stephen Marc Stone has been found guilty in the capital murder trial of the deaths of his wife, Krista, and 7-year-old-son, Zachary. It has been six years since the killings. Jury says Marc Stone is guilty. @whnt — Brian Lawson (@BrianLawson15) February 5, 2019 Guilty on both counts of capital murder. @whnt — Brian Lawson (@BrianLawson15) February 5, 2019 Tim Gann, Chief Trial Attorney in theMadison County District Attorney’s office, said, “There were times we didn’t even […]

  • Trial diary: Day 2 in Marc Stone murder trial includes his taped confession, autopsy results

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Jurors in the capital murder trial of Marc Stone heard Stone tell police in a recorded interview that he fatally choked his wife and son, because something had “broken” inside of him. After the killings, Stone told police, he felt “free.” Stone could face the death penalty if he’s convicted of killing Krista, his wife of 13 years, and their 7-year-old son at their home in south Huntsville in February 2013. The couple had two younger daughters, […]

  • U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks says existing law allows President to use troops to build border wall

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — At a house armed services committee hearing Tuesday,  Huntsville-area U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks, citing federal law governing roles for the military, offered a plan for a border wall. “I want to direct your attention to 10 United States Code 284,” Brooks said in Tuesday’s hearing. The section deals with counter-drug measures the U.S. military can participate in, including: (6)The detection, monitoring, and communication of the movement of— (A) air and sea traffic within 25 miles of and outside […]

  • Jury pool warned of grim details in Huntsville double-murder case

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Jury selection resumed Wednesday morning in the capital murder trial of Stephen Marc Stone, who could face the death penalty if convicted of killing his wife and son in South Huntsville in February 2013. The selection process will continue Wednesday afternoon and a jury is expected to be selected Thursday morning, setting the stage for opening statements from both sides. Stone’s attorneys are arguing he is not guilty by reason of insanity — that he didn’t appreciate the […]

  • Jury selection underway in South Huntsville double-murder case, prosecutors seeking death penalty for Marc Stone

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. —  Stephen Marc Stone’s capital murder case began Monday, almost six years to the day that his wife and son were found murdered in the family’s home in South Huntsville. The stakes couldn’t be higher for Stone, who could face the death penalty if he’s convicted of killing his wife, Krista, and 7-year-old-son, Zachary. Stone’s lawyers plan to argue he was insane at the time of the killings and didn’t know right from wrong. “One of the defenses that […]

  • Jury selection for double-murder case involving Stephen Marc Stone begins Monday

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The jury selection for a south Huntsville man charged in the 2013 deaths of his wife and 7-year-old son begins Monday morning. Stephen Marc Stone is pleading not guilty after being charged with capital murder. The prosecution is seeking the death penalty for Stone for the deaths of Krista and Zachary Stone. The court still has to decide on a defense request to throw out Stone’s alleged confession to police. Stone’s attorneys argue he is not guilty […]

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