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Posted by: Chandra Williams on Oct 16, 2015

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Wade V. Davies, Knoxville, Tennessee (on appeal); and Randy G. Rogers, Athens, Tennessee (on appeal and at trial), for the appellant, Aaron Dean Lawson.

Attorneys 2:

Herbert H. Slatery III, Attorney General and Reporter; Nicholas W. Spangler, Assistant Attorney General; R. Steven Bebb, District Attorney General; and Stephen Hatchett, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.


The Defendant, Aaron Dean Lawson, was convicted of two counts of first degree premeditated murder and one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, for which he was sentenced, respectively, to two life sentences and a consecutive two-year sentence. On appeal, he argues that the trial court erred by (1) disallowing expert proof of mental problems which were not such that they prevented his premeditating the murders; (2) admitting evidence of a jail telephone call which he made; (3) allowing proof of prior arrests, some of which resulted in his acquittal; (4) without a hearing, placing the Defendant in a stun-belt during the trial; (5) allowing evidence regarding pistol shells as proof of premeditation; and (6) excluding evidence of a prior consistent statement of the Defendant?s father after he had been impeached with an allegedly inconsistent statement. Following our review, we affirm the judgments of the trial court.