County native stands trial on murder charge

HANCOCK COUNTY — A Hancock County native accused of shooting two people in Indianapolis early last year is standing trial this week on a murder charge she faces in Marion County, police reports state.

Rebecca Lawson, formerly of Shirley and a 2008 graduate of Eastern Hancock High School who was living in Indianapolis at the time of the shooting, was arrested in February after she was found outside a home in Marion County where one man had been shot dead and a woman had been seriously injured, police said. The case was investigated as a homicide.

Court records show Lawson is standing trial this week in Marion County Criminal Division 2. Proceedings began Monday with jury selection that continued Tuesday.

Representatives with the Marion County Prosecutors Office did not return calls for comment.

Lawson faces one count of murder and one count of attempted murder as a Level 1 felony. Under Indiana law, murder carries a penalty range of 45 to 65 years and up to $10,000 in fines; a Level 1 felony carries a penalty range 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 cvanoverberghe@greenfieldreporter.com.