Bowie County Sheriff’s Office arrests man on murder, drug possession charges

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TEXARKANA — The Bowie County Sheriff’s Office says they have arrested a Texarkana, Texas, man on charges related to murder and drug possession.

The sheriff’s office arrested Thomas Wayne Lawson, Sr. on Oct. 24 and charged him with murder and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon along with possession of a controlled substance under 1 gram.

According to the sheriff’s office, deputies responded to a shooting at 217 Horseshoe Loop Road. The 911 caller stated that a male suspect had shot two people.

Deputies arrived and discovered two individuals who had been shot in a wooded area behind the residence. One was deceased — later identified as 63-year-old Roger Franklin Cowley — and the other had life-threatening injuries. According to the sheriff’s office, deputies approached the resident and discovered that Lawson was still armed with a rifle.

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The Bowie County Sheriff’s Office says that a witness on the scene stated he heard the gunshots and then spoke with Lawson, who admitted to shooting the victims.

While deputies were arresting Lawson, they allegedly discovered he was in possession of a small amount of methamphetamine.

Lawson’s bond has been set at $1,000,000 for the charge of murder and $300,000 for the charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Lawson’s possession of a controlled substance charge is a $5,000 bond.