Family grieves after Houston County man accused of killing nephew

KATHLEEN, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – A 44 year-old Macon man is dead and his uncle is accused of killing him. Relatives said even though they had their differences, they loved each other very much.

It was supposed to be a weekend of celebration.

“This was her birthday celebration weekend. That’s why the family was to come together, to celebrate her birthday,” said Deirdre Northern, the aunt of Shaun Lawson and the sister-in-law of Leon Springer.

Instead, the 90 year-old is planning a funeral while her son sits in jail.

“It was a sad mistake that happened. It wasn’t intentional,” said Northern.

Houston County sheriff’s deputies arrested 48 year-old Leon Springer around 3:00 a.m. Sunday. He’s accused of stabbing his nephew, 44 year-old Shaun Lawson, to death at a home on Houston Road in Kathleen. Investigators said the two were fighting before the stabbing. Lawson died on the way to the hospital. 

“At a point they loved each other, but when drinking is involved one thing leads to another,” explained Northern. 

Northern said she saw both Springer and Lawson that night .

“They were both drinking, one thing lead to another and Leon felt he’s been constantly being bullied. I guess at that particular moment he couldn’t take no more. He felt he was being threatened at the same time,” said Northern.

Relatives remembered Springer and Lawson having their differences, but they never thought Springer would hurt his nephew.

“He didn’t even realize he caused that kind of damage to his nephew. He did not know until the next morning when he woke up in jail. He didn’t even know why he was there,” said Northern.

The family believes if alcohol hadn’t been a factor that night, both Lawson and Springer would be with them today.

“It’s just a tragic loss right now because we didn’t just lose one person, we’re losing both of them,” explained Northern.

The Houston County Sheriff’s Office said Springer is charged with murder, aggravated assault, possession of a knife during commission of a crime, and cruelty to children in the 3rd degree. He’s being held without bond.

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