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Lawrence County man mourning family members lost in quadruple murder

Todd Holston's wife, 8-year-old son, mother-in-law and step father-in-law were found murdered in a Lawrence County home. (WSYX/WTTE)

A Lawrence County man who lost four family members in a quadruple murder, and who was critically stabbed, is speaking out about the horrific violence.

"I am holding up, I got to be strong," said Todd Holston, shortly after he was released from the hospital after being knifed in the neck and side Wednesday night in his Pedro home.

Arron Lawson, 23, a cousin, is now charged with stabbing Holston, and killing Holston's wife Stacy, his son Devin, 8, his mother-in-law, and his step-father in law.


"I don't know why he would do something like that," said Holston, he would babysit, we would feed him, I don't know why he would do something like this."

Holston says Lawson came at him with a knife the moment he walked into his house.

"As soon as I walked in the door he started attacking me," said Holston said Lawson said nothing to him while he was being stabbed.


Law agencies in three states had been searching for Lawson since Wednesday night. He was arrested Friday morning after a tip was phoned in by someone who said he spotted the wanted man walking along a rural road.

"I am not going to go into specifics about what he said," said Lawrence County Sheriff Jeff Lawless. "He was ready and willing to give up."

Authorities believe Lawson may have been hiding out in the mountains since the murders, and have no motives in the case.

Holston is just glad Lawson is now locked up and away from the public.

"That's where he belongs," said Holston.

A GoFundMe account for funeral expenses has been set up for the victims.

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