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Police: 22-year-old arranged murder of Forest Park woman via text message

Police say she sent messages saying “Kill her” and “I want this [*****] dead.”
Updated: Feb. 23, 2021 at 6:20 PM EST
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FOREST PARK, Ohio (FOX19) - A woman was arrested Monday after allegedly orchestrating the murder of a woman in Forest Park last year.

Eyionna Leary, 22, faces a charge of complicity to aggravated murder, according to jail records.

The incident happened April 2, 2020 on Geneva Road. Police say 50-year-old Leslie Lawson was fatally shot around 2 a.m. in the doorway of her home.

Leary is the mother of Lawson’s grandchild.

In the 911 call, a man who claimed to be Lawson’s husband said someone had knocked at the door wanting help after a car accident. Then the shots rang out.

Weeks later, two suspects turned themselves in to the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office: 20-year-old Kerwin Heard and a 16-year-old boy.

Heard had an ongoing feud with Lawson’s son, police wrote in an affidavit. He is charged with aggravated murder, murder and felonious assault, according to court records.

Police believe the juvenile pulled the trigger. He is also charged with murder.

Now, almost a year later, police say Leary hatched the deadly plot and solicited the others to carry it out.

In February 2020, according to a police affidavit, Leary gave Heard and the juvenile Lawson’s address and said, “Start with his momma.”

In March 2020, the affidavit continues, Leary sent text messages to the juvenile saying, “Kill her,” and, “I want this [******] dead.”

The affidavit claims Leary also sent the juvenile screenshots of text message arguments with Lawson.

Leary then explains what she will be doing while the two suspects carry out the alleged murder, going so far as to specify where she and her son will be when it takes place.

Lawson’s daughter, Jazmin, calls the shooting “pure evil.” Lawson’s husband, Everett, says it was “cold hearted, evil and inconsiderate.”

The family says a feud started between Leary and Lawson’s son, the father of her child, after the grandparents, Lawson and Everett, took the child to get a haircut.

Among the most shocking revelations, Leary helped the parents grieve after the shooting.

“She was in here crying, carrying on, doing the same things, and it’s just like, for you to even come around, and you knew you caused this... how could I forgive you for that?” Everett said.

Leary is currently at the Hamilton County Justice Center on $250,000 bail. Her next court date is March 4.

Heard is also booked at the HCJC on $3 million bail across his four charges. His next court date is March 10.

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