East Texas Justice of the Peace Shot, Wife Charged 3/11/13
LONGVIEW, Texas - The wife of a longtime East Texas judge has been
charged with shooting him during an argument.
Gregg County Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace Sam Lawson was hospitalized
Sunday in critical condition.
Jail records show Ira Lawson was booked Sunday on a charge of aggravated
assault with a deadly weapon-family violence. Online records did not list an
attorney for the woman, whose bond was set at $100,000.
Longview police spokeswoman Kristie Brian says the shooting happened late
Saturday at the couple's home. Brian had no information about what prompted the
argument but said the police have a history of domestic-related calls to the
A handgun has been recovered. Brian had no details on the owner.
Lawson was elected justice of the peace in 1987.