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March 12, 2010

Emerson found not guilty


March 10, 2010 —

Commonwealth Attorney Gary Conn asked Emerson, if after the shooting, did police accuse him of being impaired or intoxicated.

Emerson answered, “No.” During testimony by Kaleb Litchfield, former employee with the Eastern Regional Crime Lab, Litchfield said Emerson’s alcohol blood count tested at .16 grams of alcohol per 100 milliliters of blood. No drugs were identified in Emerson’s blood, Litchfield testified.

Emerson said Barbara Lawrence’s sister Helen arrived at his residence just before 8 p.m. Aug. 8, to inform them that Richard Lawrence was on his way to Emerson’s house.

“When Mr. Lawrence got there I was on the phone with a lady friend,” Emerson said. “I went to the door and the first thing he asked was, “Are you f- - - - ing my wife?” I told him, no. He said he heard I was sleeping with her, and then he snapped. He kept saying he was going to whip my ass. I begged him to please go home and come back tomorrow and we would talk about it. He just continued to cuss me.

“He was on the porch, but then made a step toward me into the house. I went to the bedroom and reached for the 12-gauge shotgun that I kept under the bed. I told him to go home. At that time he was in front of the washer (about two to three feet inside the mobile home). I was within nine to 10 feet from him. He was standing there threatening to beat me to death. But when I came out of the bedroom with the gun, he backed out the door and onto the porch,” he continued.

Emerson said he walked toward the door and turned the lock. Although he wasn’t sure where Barbara was at that time, he yelled out for her to call police.

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