St. Louis man sentenced to life in death of son and 2 others

May 6, 2021 Updated: May 6, 2021, 7:25 p.m.

ST. LOUIS (AP) – A man who killed his 10-month-old son, ex-girlfriend and mother in 2012 was spared the death penalty Thursday after a jury in St. Louis recommended him to life imprisonment instead condemn.

Eric Lawson, 32, was convicted on Saturday of shooting and killing his ex-girlfriend Breiana Ray, 22, and her mother Gwendolyn Ray, 50, in their home on May 5, 2012. He then set two fires in the home and when he left he locked the door and held his 10-month-old son Aiden, prosecutors said.

Aiden’s 3-year-old sister, Mckenzie Ray, was inhaled smoke but survived.

The jury’s recommendation for the verdict came after several of Lawson’s relatives testified about his upbringing in poverty, lack of family support and the use of violence, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

St. Louis Circuit Judge Michael Noble accepted the jury’s recommendation.

The Missouri attorney general tried the case because Robert Steele, a former attorney general, advised Lawson while Steele was a public defense attorney.

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