Case of Hawkins County Man Who Fatally Shot Wife To Be Featured on A&E showcase of a Hawkins County man who shot and killed his wife in front of their toddler son will be featured on a true-crime docu-series to air on A&E Network later this month.
The first episode of the show — titled “Accused: Guilty or Innocent?” — explores whether Bryan Steven Lawson acted in self-defense when he shot his wife, Beth “Chandra” Lawson, three times inside their apartment in Church Hill on Jan. 27, 2017.Case of Hawkins County Man Who Fatally Shot Wife To Be Featured on A&E show
Initially charged with first-degree murder, Bryan Lawson faced life in prison without parole. But the case wound on for two years, and he ultimately took a plea deal.
The show’s producers swept in early and often, interviewing Lawson, filming court proceedings and speaking with father-son defense attorney duo Larry and Daniel Boyd.
The episode details how Lawson and his lawyers prepared their defense and pushed authorities to release additional security camera footage. The shooting, which was captured on video and is shown during the episode, came after Beth Lawson repeatedly punched her husband and threatened him with a baseball bat as he sat in a recliner.
In the episode, Bryan Lawson speaks about how his wife began abusing him after she broke her neck and became addicted to pain pills. She was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, according to the show, and drug use made her become violent.