UPDATE: Quadruple murder suspect pleads not guilty, judge denies bond

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LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) -- UPDATE 10/20/17 @ 5:57 p.m.
A quadruple murder suspect pleaded not guilty this morning at a court hearing in Lawrence County, Ohio.

The arraignment comes after a grand jury returned an indictment for four counts of aggravated murder, attempted murder, felonious assault, aggravated burglary, rape, abuse of a corpse, kidnapping, tampering with evidence, fleeing and alluding police, and theft of a motor vehicle against Arron Lawson, 23, of Pedro.

It happened at a home along Route 93 in the Pedro area Oct. 11.

The four victims, who were all family members, are: Donald McGuire, 50; his wife Tammie McGuire, 43; their daughter Stacey Jackson Holston, 25; and Stacey's son Devin Holston, 8.

Investigators say Lawson also stabbed Devin's dad, Todd Holston, but he survived. Devin's 2-year-old brother Braxton was in the home, but he was unharmed.

The rape charges lists Stacey Jackson, also known as Stacey Holston, as the victim. Perhaps most disturbing is the abuse of a corpse charge, though the victim is not specified.

Friday Lawson pleaded not guilty to all 13 counts.

His defense also waived the right to a speedy trial so both sides could have more time to prepare.

In court, Lawson also requested that his name be pronounced Uh-Ron.

The prosecution requested that Lawson not be given a bond and the judge agreed, telling the defense counsel his team could challenge that down the road if they prove Lawson deserves a bond based on evidence.

The accused killer was emotionless throughout the hearing, only speaking in response to the judge.

"He shouldn't have emotion," said Desiree McClain, Stacey's sister. "He better not tell me sorry either cause I don't want to hear it. There's no excuses."

Desiree, along with Stacey's two other sisters Lisa Jackson and Brooke McClain, were in the courtroom Friday. Desiree told WSAZ after the hearing that seeing Lawson filled her with rage.

"It makes me sick to my stomach a bit," said Jackson.

"It definitely makes us sick to our stomach to see him, especially when he looked at us today," said Brooke. "Yesterday was really tough for us, the funerals in the same day."

"We want to know every detail of every single thing and we're here to support Stacey, Devin, mom and Don," said Desiree. "That's who we're here to support right now and Todd and Braxton right now."

The sisters, along with their brother who could not be at the hearing Friday, have been a symbol of resilience and unity.

They plan on attending as many court dates as possible.

"We lost four very caring people," said Desiree. "I mean, they were loving. They were a loving family. I loved them all very much. I mean, me and Stacey were like best friends."

They talked about Stacey's son Devin being a sweet child who only recently turned eight years old before his life was stolen.

"For his 8th birthday, instead of wanting to spend his birthday just doing like normal 8-year-old boy stuff, he wanted to take donations and cans and stuff for the hurricane," said Jackson. "He was a very caring little boy. He cared about everybody and just saw all the hurt and pain from the hurricane and just wanted to take care of everyone down there. He wasn't worried about his birthday at all which is so unusual for an 8-year-old. We lost somebody very, very, very caring."

"We lost four very caring people," echoed Desiree. "We just all need to remember Todd and Braxton at the same time too through all this. I love them both a lot, very much. I'm going to hold them close to me now more than ever."

Desiree talked about her daughter being best friends with Devin.

"They would see each other at school and play," said Desiree. "He was just a fun kid."

Sitting through these hearings is not easy, they said, but they draw strength from the family members who are now watching over them. They also have had an overwhelming amount of support from the community.

"We have each other," said Jackson. "We have a very strong bond and the community has pulled in. We have so love and support. That really backs us and keeps us going as much as we have."

The hard work that went into the 36-hour manhunt for Lawson and the investigation thus far did not go unappreciated either.

"We do want to thank law enforcement for everything that they did in finding him and just staying up all these hours and doing everything," said Desiree. "We're forever thankful for all the law enforcement and all the people helping. We're overwhelmed with joy with everything everybody's done."

The sisters tell WSAZ donations for the McGuire family can be made to the Hall Funeral Home in Proctorville. Anyone wishing to donate to Todd Holston should contact him.

Lawrence County Prosecutor Brigham Anderson said his team plans to go for the death penalty for Lawson. The maximum sentence for each aggravated murder charge is death by lethal injection.

UPDATE 10/18/17 @ 1:35 p.m.
A man accused in the murders of four people last week was indicted by a grand jury on several additional charges, including rape and abuse of a corpse, Lawrence County Prosecutor Brigham Anderson said Wednesday.

During a news conference, Anderson announced that the grand jury returned an indictment for four counts of aggravated murder, attempted murder, felonious assault, aggravated burglary, rape, abuse of a corpse, kidnapping, tampering with evidence, fleeing and alluding police, and theft of a motor vehicle against 23-year-old Arron Lawson of Pedro.

The rape charges lists Stacey Jackson, also known as Stacey Holston, as the victim. Perhaps most disturbing is the abuse of a corpse charge, though the victim is not specified.

They are charges which match some of what Stacey's sister Brooke McClain hinted at Friday afternoon, after Lawson was arrested, when we asked them about a possible motive.

"I think he was kind of obsessed with my sister," Brooke McClain said at the time. "I don't know why he would kill all of them."

On Wednesday, McClain and Stacey's other sisters were again in the front row, wearing shirts reading "RH - #DevonStrong."

They declined to be interviewed, saying they hadn't had time to process the new charges. But Desiree McClain did have this to say about Lawson and a possible death penalty: "He deserved what he did to my family, but we didn't really get that."

During the news conference, Anderson explained that each aggravated murder count has four or more aggravating circumstances attached. The maximum sentence on each count is death by lethal injection. The initial court filing had been for a single count of aggravated murder and three counts of murder.

Last Wednesday, all of the victims were found shot to death in a home along state Route 93 in Pedro.

The four victims, who were all family members, are: Donald McGuire, 50, Tammie McGuire, 43, Stacey Jackson Holston, 25, and Devin Holston, 8.

Another victim, 29-year-old Todd Holston, was stabbed but managed to get away. He was released from a hospital last week.

Also during the news conference, Anderson praised the community and law enforcement cooperation in Lawson's capture. He was on the run for about 36 hours after the murders before being caught walking along County Road 52 in Lawrence County last Friday.

"I am absolutely honored to be a Lawrence County resident," Anderson said, referring to the collaborative effort to capture Lawson. "Justice will take place in a courtroom. It will not take place today."

Anderson read a prepared statement and did not take any questions.

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UPDATE 10/16/17 @ 3:45 p.m.
A quadruple murder suspect waived his bond hearing Monday, Ironton Municipal Court records show.

A preliminary hearing for 23-year-old Arron Lawson is set for 9 a.m. Thursday.

Lawson faces three counts of murder and one count of aggravated murder in the deaths of Donald McGuire, 50, Tammie McGuire, 43, Stacey Jackson, 25, and Devin Holston, 8.

All of the victims were found shot to death in a home along state Route 93 in Pedro.



UPDATE 10/14/17 @ 11:54 a.m.
A man investigators say killed four people, including an 8-year-old boy was formally charged Saturday morning in Ironton Municipal Court.

Arron Lawson, 23, faces three counts of murder, and one count of aggravated murder in the deaths of Donald McGuire, 50, Tammie McGuire, 43, Stacey Jackson, 25, and Devin Holston, 8.

Lawson faces other charges.

The four were found dead Wednesday at a home on state Route 93 in the Pedro area.

No bond was set for Lawson, and an attorney will be appointed for him. A bond hearing is set for Monday.

Family members of the victims were at Saturday morning's hearing.

Lawrence County Prosecuting Attorney Brigham Anderson tells WSAZ he is seeking the death penalty in this case.

These were premeditated with prior calculation and design as well as committing numerous other felonies, and therefore the death penalty is required for crimes this horrific," said Anderson. "That's my job, is to seek justice and to make sure that this family knows that justice has been served, as well as the rest of the community. This is a horrific event."

The case would also be the first death penalty case in Lawrence County since 2005.

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UPDATE 10/13/17 @ 12:25 p.m.
The names of four murder victims in Lawrence County, Ohio, have been released.

Sheriff Jeff Lawless tells WSAZ that Donald McGuire, 50, Tammie McGuire, 43, Stacey Jackson, 25, and Devin Holston, 8, all were shot and killed.

It happened Wednesday night at a home along state Route 93 in Pedro. Stacy and Devin lived at the home where the shootings happened. The McGuires lived just down the road.

Investigators say a neighbor called in Friday morning and reported seeing the suspect, Arron Lawson, walking along the 1700 block of County Road 52. When officers arrived, they say Lawson was arrested without incident.

Sheriff Lawless says Lawson was "ready and willing to give up. He was plum worn out from being out in the elements.”

Family members say Lawson is a cousin of Tammie McGuire's.

Lawson is now being held in the Lawrence County Jail. He is set to be arraigned at 10 a.m. Saturday.

He is charged with three counts of murder and one count of aggravated murder. Another person was stabbed around the time of the shootings. Family members say that victim, Todd Holston, was released Friday from the hospital.

Investigators say more charges may be filed.

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UPDATE 10/13/17 @ 10:40 a.m.
The suspect in a quadruple murder has been arrested.

Lawrence County, Ohio Sheriff Jeff Lawless says Arron Lawson is being taken to the Lawrence County Jail.

A previously-scheduled 11 a.m. news conference will now be held at the jail.

WSAZ has news crews there.

The news conference will be streamed live on wsaz.com and the WSAZ Facebook page.

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UPDATE 10/12/17 @ 10:20 p.m.
A massive manhunt is ongoing for a quadruple murder suspect, more than 24 hours after four people were found shot to death inside a home, including an 8-year-old boy.

Warrants have been issued for Arron Lawson, 23, on three counts of murder and one count of aggravated murder. Another person was stabbed around the time of the shootings.

The crimes happened along state Route 93 in the Pedro area.

While investigators had some potential leads about Lawson's whereabouts, he remains at large.

After the killings, the stabbing victim showed up seeking help at Decatur Missionary Baptist Church during church services, according to one of its parishioners. That victim was flown to a local hospital and is said to be doing well.

The body of the youngest victim of the murders, 8-year-old Devin Holston, was found hidden in the same mobile home where the other victims had been shot. Devin originally was thought to be missing.

We continue to have a crew at the scene.

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UPDATE 10/12/17 @ 3:05 p.m.
A manhunt is on for a murder suspect after four people were found shot to death inside a home, including an 8-year-old boy.

Warrants have been issued for Arron Lawson, 23, on three counts of murder and one count of aggravated murder.

Deputies say all of the people killed were found inside a home on state Route 93 in Lawrence County.

Seven-year-old Devin Holston was found shot to death inside the home.

Sheriff Lawless says his body was recovered Thursday morning after he appeared to be hidden.

Another victim came home to the scene after work and was attacked by Lawson and stabbed in the neck and head.

That person was able to escape and was airlifted to a local hospital where he is doing well at this time, according to Sheriff Lawless.

Sheriff Lawless says the search for Lawson continues and "we're going to get him."

The last location Lawson was seen was in the 1500 block of County Road 181.

Sheriff Lawless says he has no indication that Lawson is armed with a firearm and that he believes the murder weapon has been recovered.

Multiple law enforcement agencies from three states are assisting the Lawrence County Sheriff's Department.

Sheriff Lawless says further charges could be pending against Lawson.

The bodies of the four people killed will be sent to Montgomery County for an autopsy.

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UPDATE 10/12/17 @ 10 a.m.
An endangered missing child advisory for Devin Holston has been cancelled, according to Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine.

There is no word on the condition of the 8-year-old boy.

The search continues for Arron Lawson, 23, who is a person of interest in a triple homicide that happened Wednesday night in Lawrence County.

Deputies say when they arrived at the scene on Route 93 they found three adults inside with gunshot wounds.
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A fourth victim was found at a residence a quarter of a mile down SR 93 at a relative's home.

Lawson was spotted by deputies on SR 141 near CR 52 driving a blue Chevrolet truck around 12:30 a.m. Thursday, but after a short pursuit Lawson crashed his vehicle into a ditch and ran.

Deputies lost Lawson in a nearby wooded area.

If anyone has information about where Arron Lawson or Devin Holston could be, please call the Lawrence County Sheriff's Office at 740-532-3525 or 9-1-1.

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UPDATE 10/12/17 @ 6:23 a.m.
The Lawrence County Sheriff's Department is looking for a person of interest and a missing child after three people were found shot and killed at a trailer late Wednesday night.

Investigators were called to the trailer just before 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Deputies say when they arrived they found three adults inside with gunshot wounds. A fourth victim was found at a residence a quarter of a mile down SR 93 at a relative's home.

While on scene, deputies found that 8-year-old, Devin Holston was no where to be found. Authorities performed an extensive search of the area, but couldn't find the boy.

Holston is 7 years old, 4'8, 80 lbs with brown hair and brown eyes.

Deputies are actively looking for 23 year-old Arron Lawson as a person of interest in this case. He is 5'9, 139 lbs with brown hair and hazel eyes.

Deputies say there is reason to believe Holston is in danger or injured.

Lawson was spotted by deputies on SR 141 near CR 52 driving a blue Chevrolet truck around 12:30 a.m. Thursday, but after a short pursuit Lawson crashed his vehicle into a ditch and ran.

Deputies lost Lawson in a nearby wooded area.

If anyone has information about where Arron Lawson or Devin Holston could be, please call the Lawrence County Sheriff's Office at 740-532-3525 or 9-1-1.

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UPDATE 10/12/17 @ 5:08 a.m.
A person of interest and a missing child after a triple murder have been identified.

The Lawrence County Sheriff's Office in Ohio is searching for 23-year-old Arron Lawson. Lawson has been named a person of interest after 3 people were found dead at a home along Route 93 north of Pedro Wednesday evening.

Lawson was last seen on foot around Rt. 141 and County Road 44 South. Deputies say do not approach Lawson, call 911 immediately.

Deputies also identified an 8-year old boy that has been missing since the triple murder. Devin Holston was last seen at the home. He is 8 years old, 4'8, 80 lbs with brown hair and brown eyes. It is believed Hoston is in danger or injured.

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UPDATE - 10/12/17 @ 2 a.m.
Three people were shot and killed in a home Wednesday night, and a fourth person was stabbed, Lawrence County Sheriff Jeff Lawless says.

It happened in a residence along Route 93 in Decatur Township.

The sheriff also says they were told an 8-year-old child was supposed to be at that home, but the whereabouts of that child are currently unknown.

The person who was stabbed was able to walk to a relative's home nearby and call for help. That person was flown to a hospital in Huntington, the sheriff says.

"This is a tragic scene," Lawless said. "We have three people dead here. It's just a devastating scene. It's devastating for all these family members that are going through this situation tonight."

There has been no description of the child released at this time.

Lawless told WSAZ a little after 12:30 a.m. Thursday they have identified a person of interest and are looking for that person.

"With three dead people here, we're not sure what this person is capable of," Lawless said. "However, we haven't completely confirmed the story of what's been told. We've heard three or four different stories of what's occurred here tonight, so now it's time for us to piece this thing together and figure out exactly who is our suspect here and what exactly has happened."

BCI Crime Scene Units were awaiting a search warrant so they can begin processing the inside of the home.

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ORIGINAL STORY - 10/11/2017 @ 11:15 p.m.
There's a large law enforcement presence Wednesday night at suspected crime scenes in the Pedro area, according to our crew there.

It is happening along state Route 93 in Decatur Township. Our crew reports there are two different scenes. They're about a quarter of a mile apart.

Lawrence County Sheriff's deputies are there investigating. The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) also has two units there.

Neighbors tell our crew that one person was flown out by helicopter. They also say the people who live in the homes where the incidents happened are related to each other.

Our crew reports there are distraught people at the scenes, some crying and hugging each other.

No other details are available now.

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