Area native to face judge

INDIANAPOLIS — A Hancock County native is expected to face a judge Wednesday morning on a murder charge after she admitted to shooting two people on the city’s southwest side, police reports state.

Rebecca Lawson, formerly of Shirley and a 2008 graduate of Eastern Hancock High School who now lives in Indianapolis, was arrested over the weekend after she was found outside a home in Marion County where one man had been killed and a woman was seriously injured, police said. The case is being investigated as a homicide.

Tuesday, Lawson, 26, was charged with murder and a Level 1 felony of attempted murder, court records show.

Police believe Lawson fired the shots that killed Patrick Brown, 35, and hospitalized Cecilia Land, 38, reports state.

Investigators say Lawson drove past Brown’s residence in the 3400 block of South Lynhurst Drive in Indianapolis Friday night, saw Land’s vehicle parked outside and became upset. She shot both victims during an argument outside the home, police said.

Lawson called 911 to report the injures and surrender to police when they arrived at the scene, investigators say.

Brown and Land were transported to Eskenazi Hospital in critical condition. Brown died from his injuries; Land remains in critical but stable condition, police said.

Lawson was arrested Friday and is being held in the Marion County Jail, records show.

Formal charging was delayed as the Marion County courthouse and prosecutor’s office were closed Monday for Presidents Day; investigators filed a report with the court Tuesday afternoon.

Under Indiana law, murder charges carry penalty ranges of 45 to 65 years and up to $10,000 in fines; Level 1 felonies carry penalty ranges of 20 to 40 years and up to $10,000 in fines.

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Caitlin VanOverberghe is a reporter at the Greenfield Daily Reporter. She can be reached at 317-477-3237 or