The manhunt looking for the man wanted in the quadruple homicide that took place on Wednesday in Pedro has come to an end.
“Today may be Friday the 13th, but it’s a pretty good day in Lawrence County because we’ve captured one of Lawrence County’s most wanted, Aaron Lee Lawson,” Lawrence County Sheriff Jeff Lawless stated in a press conference late Friday morning. “We’re not pleased about the conditions that we’re here and the conditions we had to arrest him for, but we’re pleased we made Lawrence County safer by getting him off the streets.
Lawson, 23, of Ohio 93 in Pedro, was arrested on three counts of murder and one count of aggravated murder for the the shooting and killing of Donald McGuire, 50; his wife, Tammie McGuire, 43; daughter, Stacy Jackson, 28 and and grandson, Devin Holston, 8. A fifth victim was stabbed and beaten but survived.
Lawless credited the arrest to a “massive, overwhelming police presence,” stating that Lawson was arrested walking down County Road 52 in Lawrence County after officers received a tip from a resident in the area.
“We had helicopters, aircraft, four-wheelers, ATVs. We had a massive, massive, massive police presence in that area. I think he was just ready to give up,” Lawless stated.
He added that Lawson was arrested without incident and had no weapons.
Lawless stated that he was aided by law enforcement from across Ohio and had more than 100 officers saturating the area where Lawson was arrested.
“I called for the help of other agencies, and when I picked up the phone and made the call, the response from law enforcement was unbelievable,” Lawless commented.
He added that the public had also been a great help, bringing out food and water for officers.
Though it was ultimately a tip that led to the arrest, Lawless commented that there had been some false tips, including a tip that led officers off track Thursday night.
Lawson is believed to have been hiding in a wooded area of Lawrence County.
“He was an outdoorsman. He was a hunter. He was the type of guy that could spend some time in the woods,” Lawless stated, adding that Lawson had been living off of MRE’s.
The bodies of the four victims have been transported to Montgomery County for autopsy. Lawless explained that he is waiting on coroner’s, autopsy and Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) reports to determine time of death.
Family of the vicitims was present at the press conference. Daughters/step-daughters of Donald and Tammie McGuire, Brooke McClain and Lisa Jackson and son/step-son Brandon McGuire explained that the family is still struggling to cope with the loss of parents, a sister and a nephew.
Brandon McGuire described his father as a fair man who enjoyed time with his family.
“I can’t see going my life without him,” he stated.
“I just can’t believe they’re gone,” Lisa McGuire added.
The three siblings explained that they had joined in the manhunt to bring Lawson, who they stated is a cousin, to justice. They added that they have no idea why he would kill their family.
Lawson had been transported to the Lawrence County Prosecutor’s Office for interrogation. Afterwards, he will be housed in the Lawrence County Jail. Lawless stated that more charges may follow as the investigation continues.
Reach Nikki Blankenship at 740-353-3101 ext. 1931.