Convicted killer back in Roseburg for new trial
ROSEBURG, Ore. -- Samuel Lawson, now 37, is back in the Douglas County Jail, after the Oregon Supreme Court ruled that he be retried for the 2003 shooting of a Douglas County man.
Lawson, then 28, was arrested after authorities investigated the shooting death of Noris Lee Hilde, 52. His 47-year-old wife Sherl was also shot, but survived.
The couple was camping off of Hwy 138 East near Lemolo Lake in the Umpqua National Forest on August 21, 2003, when they were both shot with a rifle. Noris died at the scene, and Hilde was flown to a Bend hospital where she survived being shot in the chest.
According to court documents, Noris called 911 to report that his wife had been shot, and as he was speaking with dispatchers, he was shot also with a "large caliber hunting rifle."
Lawson was arrested a few days later, and charged by Douglas County Sheriff's deputies with the murder of Noris Hilde.
He was convicted by a jury and sentenced to life without the possibility of parole in December of 2005.
But, in what some have alleged to be missteps by investigators, the case was reviewed by the Oregon Supreme Court in 2012 and remanded back to Douglas County for a new trial.
Lawson was booked into the Douglas County Jail on Tuesday at about 2:30 p.m.