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Jury selection underway in Pedro quad murder

January 30, 2019 GMT

IRONTON — The long process of jury selection is underway in a multi-murder case resulting from the fatal shooting of four people, and an attack on another man, in Ironton in 2017.

Arron L. Lawson, 24, of Township Road 1051, Ironton, faces four counts alleging aggravated murder in the shooting deaths of Stacey Holston, 24; her son, Devin Holston, 8; Stacey’s mother, Tammie L. McGuire; 43, and McGuire’s husband, Donald McGuire, 50; all of Pedro. The attack occurred Oct. 11, 2017, at the Holstons’ home.

Another man, Todd Holston, was stabbed with a pocketknife inside the family’s trailer and survived his injuries.

Lawson also was charged with aggravated burglary, attempted murder and felonious assault of Todd Holston, the rape of Stacey Holston, abuse of a corpse, kidnapping of Devin Holston, tampering with evidence, theft of a motor vehicle and failure to comply with the order or signal of a police officer.

Following the killings, Lawson is accused of having fled the scene. A manhunt by more than 100 law enforcement agencies from the Tri-State area, including federal authorities, occurred for more than 36 hours before Lawson was arrested along County Road 52.

A motive in the slayings has not been released.

Lawson faces the death penalty in the case.

Dozens of potential jurors packed the third floor of the Lawrence County Courthouse in Ironton on Monday as jury selection began. The potential jurors were individually called back for qualification questioning.

Because of the severe punishment Lawson faces, it could take several days for a jury to be selected. Opening statements and testimony in the case are expected to begin about Feb. 11, previously said Prosecuting Attorney Brigham Anderson. Testimony in the case could take a week or more.

Under Ohio’s death penalty laws, a potential death penalty case requires a bifurcated trial. First is the guilt phase where a defendant is found guilty or innocent. If a guilty verdict is returned, the same jury that heard the case will recommend a penalty of life in prison or the death penalty.

Lawson’s case is the first death penalty case in years.

Lawson is represented by Kirk A. McVay, an assistant Ohio public defender, and Gene Meadows, a Scioto County lawyer.

Reporter Dave Malloy contributed to this report.

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