Crime

Two shot dead in separate midstate slayings

A man shot and killed his brother-in-law during a shouting match outside the slain man’s Dodge County home Tuesday evening, officials said.

Sonny Barlow, shot with a handgun, died at the scene at 14 Fountain Road, just east of Eastman out the Soperton Highway. He was 59.

His brother-in-law and alleged killer, 64-year-old Arthur Lawton Clark, who lives nearby, drove away after the 7:30 p.m. shooting, the GBI said.

Clark was caught by Dodge sheriff’s deputies about half an hour later and charged with murder.

Eve Rodgers, special agent in charge of the GBI’s Eastman office, on Wednesday said an argument began while Barlow and others were trying to get Clark to leave Barlow’s property.

“Why they were needing or wanting him to leave, I can’t tell you right now,” Rodgers said.

The killing Tuesday night came less than 48 hours after another shooting death roughly 20 miles to the west in neighboring Pulaski County.

Sunday night at a mobile home south of Hawkinsville, a 67-year-old man allegedly shot and killed his son.

Leroy James Lawson was charged with murder in the death of Willie James Lawson, 47.

The younger Lawson was shot with a handgun near the front door of his father’s mobile home at 49 Plum Tree Road.

The shooting happened about 10 p.m. at a wooded lot not far from where Tenmile Creek runs under Blue Springs Road some 10 miles below Hawkinsville.

Willie Lawson was dead when Pulaski deputies got there, Rodgers said.

The father and son had been fussing about how the elder Lawson treated people, Rodgers said.

To contact writer Joe Kovac Jr., call 744-4397.

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