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Gregg County JP's wife indicted on assault charge

By Richard Yeakley
Aug. 2, 2013 at 10 p.m.


A Longview woman accused in the early March shooting of her husband, Gregg County Justice of the Peace Sam Lawson, has been indicted by a grand jury on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Ina Lawson was arrested after police said she shot her husband in the back as he tried to flee through the kitchen to the laundry room. He was taken to Good Shepherd Medical Center where he remained for weeks.

The grand jury handed down the indictment July 25.

Ina Lawson was released from jail two days after her arrest after posting $100,000 bond. Her daughter, Debbie Drayden, had argued she should be placed in a mental facility.

The 70-year-old had no criminal history in Gregg County, according to judicial records.

Police said Lawson called 911 after she shot her husband, saying she shot the judge "because they were fighting."

A criminal complaint filed by Longview police accuses Lawson of shooting her husband a second time as he lay on the floor with injuries from the first shot.

The bullet went through his hand and entered his jaw.

Ina Lawson is scheduled to appear for arraignment on the charge Aug. 9 in 188th District Court.

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