PIKEVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Trial is beginning for a Bledsoe County man charged with the 2009 kidnapping and beating death of a man at a cookout.
Lonny Lee Angel Jr. faces charges of first-degree murder, felony murder and kidnapping in the death of 43-year-old Donny Lawson and is one of four men arrested in the killing. Two others are already serving prison time.
Court records and officials quoted by the Chattanooga Times Free Press said Angel's trial was scheduled to begin Monday in Pikeville.
Investigators said the fight that resulted in Lawson's death occurred when the men had gathered on Angel's property for a barbecue and an argument erupted over a fire that had killed a member of Angel's family the year before.
To comment, the following rules must be followed:
Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content, but the station is under no legal obligation to do so.
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.
Multiple violations may result in account suspension.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Links require admin approval before posting.
Questions may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please provide detailed information.
Viewers with disabilities can get assistance accessing this station's FCC Public Inspection File by contacting the station with the information listed below. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, 888-835-5322 (TTY), or email@example.com.