(PartiallyPolitics.com) – In 1991, 63-year-old Greg Lawson was convicted for killing Seth Garlington during a “gun battle” in Louisiana. Since then he had been on the run and had been using the ID of a dead man for 32 years.
Following the killing of Garlington on April 24, 1990, the jury was about to charge Lawson with a dozen charges, but before they could read the final verdict the man fled the courtroom. For the next three decades, he had managed to avoid getting arrested by law enforcement, until recently the FBI received a tip regarding his whereabouts.
Lawson was arrested in Huatulco, Mexico on September 19. FBI New Orleans posted a video of the man’s arrest on X, formerly known as Twitter. In it, the man could be seen coming off a plane when law enforcement surrounded him. In the video, he could be seen laughing and even patting the shoulders of one of the officers.
In the X post, the FBI noted that following a search that had taken three decades the man, who has been convicted of attempted murder has been brought to justice. He was then placed in a Louisiana jail where he wanted the Bienville Parish authorities to take action. The jail records show that Lawson was booked on September 20 into the Claiborne Parish Detention Center.
Prior to his arrest, Mexican authorities stated that they had found Lawson after an investigation about a man in Puerto Escondido. Lawson had lived on the Oaxaca coast using the ID of a deceased person.
A US fugitive was caught in Mexico after more than 30 years on the run – and he appears to just laugh it off as he's being handcuffed.
Greg Lawson fled Louisiana in 1991, before a jury found him guilty of attempted second-degree murder. pic.twitter.com/yqsnjwW7qp
— Metro (@MetroUK) September 23, 2023
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