Two indicted on Slate Ridge Road double murder case - Laurel County

Laurel County, KY - Sheriff John Root is reporting that: On Friday, September 16th, 2016, the Laurel County Grand Jury returned an indictment on Bradley Justin Lawson charging him with two counts of murder, tampering with physical evidence, two counts of robbery in the first-degree, arson in the first-degree, and persistent felony offender in the second degree.

Also indicted was:

Christian Roberts, age 24 of London charged with two counts of murder, tampering with physical evidence, two counts of robbery in the first-degree, and arson in the first-degree.

These indictments were the result of an investigation conducted by Detective Kevin Berry and Detective Charlie Loomis.

Pictured L to R: Bradley Justin Lawson - Christian Roberts

Background information:

Detective Kevin Berry along with Sheriff John Root, Capt. Chuck Johnson, Lieut. Greg Poynter, Detective Jason Back, Detective James Sizemore and Detective Charlie Loomis charged Bradley Justin Lawson age 34 of McKeehan crossing, Corbin on Saturday evening June 4, 2016 at approximately 6:45 P.M..

The arrest was the result of information that developed and an intensive investigation conducted by the Laurel County Sheriff's office. Bradley Justin Lawson was charged with two counts of murder - first-degree; robbery – first-degree; tampering with physical evidence; and arson – first-degree regarding a double homicide investigated by the sheriff's office after the discovery of two individuals found deceased at the scene of a house fire on Slate Ridge Road approximately 8 miles south of London on Sunday morning March 8, 2015 at approximately 10:06 AM.

The victims were identified as Donnie Jackson and Sharon Jackson, husband and wife, both found with gunshot wounds, and pronounced dead at the scene.

The motive for the murders was apparently a robbery gone bad. The accused was allegedly acquainted with the victims. Detective Kevin Berry executed the double murder arrest warrant that he obtained for Bradley Justin Lawson, who was already incarcerated in the Laurel County Detention Center for an unrelated offense.

Bradley Justin Lawson remains lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center. Sheriff Root stated that "this investigation was a very high profile case and many man hours were put in by many investigators at the sheriff's office to solve this case. Investigators wanted to make sure all statements, witnesses, and evidence were collected and analyzed before the case is presented to the grand jury to seek indictment."

 

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