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Son charged with murder of his mother in Clay County

5:51 PM, Oct 9, 2012   |    comments
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ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- The Clay County Sheriff's Office has charged a son with his mother's murder after her body was found outside her home in the 200 block of Edson Drive on Monday.

Teyi Lawson is charged with the murder of his mother, Dede Etey. Lawson made his first court appearance Tuesday in Green Cove Springs. He is held without bond and his next court date is Nov. 7.

The Medical Examiner in Jacksonville determined Tuesday that the cause of Etey's death was blunt force trauma to the head, according to Mary Justino of CCSO.

Deputies responded to the home around noon Monday and found Etey in the side yard of her home. Lawson was taken into custody for questioning, according to Sgt. Wayne McKinney with CCSO.

Two 911 calls came in, with the earliest one coming in at 11:41 a.m. Monday and the other coming in at 11:52 a.m., according to a CCSO report.

"There was no noise, no screaming," said Yolanda Ramirez, who lives across the street. "No screaming, no nothing over there until the cops showed up."

"It surprised me, it really did because they were very close," Ramirez added.

McKinney said the mother and son were involved in a fight of some sort. Lawson, who was injured, was taken to Orange Park Medical Center.

Lawson was medically cleared from OPMC and was booked into the Clay County Jail on one charge of murder, according to Justino.

Justino said his father, Anani Lawson and an adult daughter, Nadana Lawson, also live at the home, but were not home at the time of the incident. There is no crime-related call history at the home.

A neighbor told First Coast News off camera that the family has lived in their home for about 10-12 years. Teyi Lawson went to Ridgeview High School, according to the neighbor.

Another neighbor said they grew up with Teyi and that the family was extremely respectful and kind. The neighbor knew of no problems between mother and son and that Teyi was very nice. He lived at home, but wanted a job and wanted to be on his own. 

Ramirez said she never heard of any problems with Lawson until a few months ago, when she said he was hospitalized.

"He was rushed to the hospital and was there a few days," Ramirez said. "Then we asked him if he was okay and he told me that he had a nervous breakdown that depression and all that."

Ramirez' grandson, Kyle Shaffer, said he's known Teyi Lawson since he was six years old.

"He was kind of a role model to me," Shaffer said. "He always did good stuff and tried to help everyone when they were down."

"We wish we would have heard something and been able to help," Ramirez said.

First Coast News

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