East Texas justice of the peace shot, wife charged

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The Associated Press

Posted on March 10, 2013 at 5:01 PM

LONGVIEW, Texas (AP) -- The wife of a longtime East Texas judge has been charged with shooting him during an argument.

Gregg County Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace Sam Lawson was hospitalized Sunday in critical condition.

Jail records show Ira Lawson was booked Sunday on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon-family violence. Online records did not list an attorney for the woman, whose bond was set at $100,000.

Longview police spokeswoman Kristie Brian says the shooting happened late Saturday at the couple’s home. Brian had no information about what prompted the argument but said the police have a history of domestic-related calls to the residence.

A handgun has been recovered. Brian had no details on the owner. Lawson was elected justice of the peace in 1987.

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