New Orleanian Greg Lawson, who vanished from his own trial in Louisiana following a 1991 attempted murder, was finally arrested across the border this week
Lawson now 63, was found and arrested Tuesday in Huatulco, Mexico, after the FBI received a tip earlier this month and worked with Mexican immigration authorities
Lawson fled the Claiborne Parish Courthouse 32 years ago, just before a jury found him guilty of attempted second-degree murder in the shooting of Seth Garlington
Long on the FBI’s most wanted list, Lawson shot Seth Garlington, who later survived, after a fist fight in the parking lot at a gas station three decades ago
Long on the FBI’s most wanted list Greg Lawson was found and arrested Tuesday in Huatulco, Mexico, after the FBI received a tip earlier this month and worked with Mexican immigration authorities. He is seen [center], after being returned from Mexico to the US, now 63,
A Louisiana fugitive who fled during a 1991 trial over a shooting was finally arrested more than three decades later after authorities found him hiding in Mexico.
Greg Lawson, 63, fled the country before he was convicted of attempted second-degree murder in 1991. Throughout the years, he was one of the most wanted criminals by the FBI agents.
A tip sent to the FBI earlier this month led to the arrest, according to a press release from the FBI of New Orleans.
Lawson took off 32 years ago, just before a jury found him guilty of attempted second-degree murder in the shooting of Seth Garlington.
His truck was parked a block away from the Claiborne Parish Courthouse where the case was tried, but he was nowhere to be found – until now.
Lawson was deported for immigration violations after agents in Shreveport, Louisiana, and Mexican immigration authorities worked together to find him.
Lawson, seen [in a mugshot, circa 191], was arrested 32 years ago after he shot Seth Garlington but fled before he was found guilty of attempted second-degree murder.
Lawson is seen after being returned from Mexico to the US after 31 years on the run from murder charges in New Orleans, LA, after the FBI received a tip earlier this month
‘There is no doubt that Mr. Lawson might still be in the wind if our partners in Mexico had not been willing to deal with this so swiftly,’ said Douglas A. Williams Jr., special agent in charge of FBI New Orleans.
In 1991, Lawson forced Garlington’s vehicle off the highway and started a fistfight in the parking lot at a gas station. The two had been childhood friends.
‘They couldn’t settle things with their hands, so they brought out the guns’ said Ryanie Evans, a former friend of Lawson said in an interview with KSLA NEWS in 2007.
Garlington was shot but survived. Lawson was arrested but fled before the verdict was read out loud in court.
Some of the evidence police used against Lawson during his trial for the attempted murder of Seth Garlington – during a fist fight in 1991.
He arrived at the Houston airport and met Bienville Parish sheriff’s deputies for his ride to jail
The FBI offered a $10,000 reward for his capture in 2007 with the hope to bring new light to the cold case.
For decades, the FBI had suspected the fugitive was somewhere in Mexico. Sightings of Lawson in foreign counties had been reported to agents.
Evans also said in 2007 that he caught a glimpse of Lawson: ‘And he pulled up in a truck, (a) Chevy with Texas tags, and rolled the window down and went.’
Lawson was said to have gotten away with other crimes during his life for his family influence around the area, ‘Money was never a concern for Lawson,’ Evans said.
Lawson was known for his temper, Evans added. ‘He reveled in having some sort of controversy going all the time, he thrived on that.’