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Adam Lawson in state custody after pleading guilty to murder of Jacksonville music teacher

Lawson beat the beloved music teacher to death with a golf club in March 2017

The man who pled guilty to beating a local music teacher to death with a golf club is now in state custody Wednesday, according to the Florida Department of Corrections website.

Adam Lawson Jr. was charged first-degree murder in the death of Deborah Liles, who was found beaten to death inside her Panama Park home in March 2017. 

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On March 21, 2019 Lawson pled guilty to all charges avoiding the death penalty and instead headed to prison for life.

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During the sentencing, Liles five children were in court and gave victim impact statements in addition to showing a memorial video which honored their mother and also their father who died last year.

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Lawson did not speak beyond his guilty plea. 

Video previously released shows an interview with Lawson just prior to his arrest shows him growing more agitated the longer he waited.

“What the hell is going on,” Lawson remarked to himself. “Someone please come and talk to me.”

The State Attorney’s Office also released thousands of photographs, depicting what investigators found when the entered Liles’ home. The photos show a lifeless Liles in her kitchen with the alleged murder weapon, a golf club, nearby.

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