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Man guilty of manslaughter for stabbing death of son after fight over hacking concerns

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June 2015 deadly stabbing scene in southeast Portland. (KPTV file image) June 2015 deadly stabbing scene in southeast Portland. (KPTV file image)

A man on meth stabbed his son to death after a fight over Wi-Fi and online hacking conspiracy theories, according to court documents.

Michael Lawson, 59, pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter Monday.

Lawson stabbed his 22-year-old son at an apartment complex on the 1000 block of Southeast 122nd Avenue in Portland on June 29, 2015.

Emergency crews found Nicholas Lawson dead on the ground outside a neighbor's apartment.

A large kitchen knife was located outside the apartment that Nicholas Lawson shared with his father.

Witnesses told police Michael Lawson had been using methamphetamine for six months and had become "hyper paranoid," according to court documents, especially about technology, computers and phones in his home and his belief that people were hacking them.

Court documents state Nicholas Lawson was frustrated with his father's claims and the fact he constantly changed their Wi-Fi password.

Witnesses said Michael Lawson yelled at his son regarding his computer, which led to Nicholas Lawson possibly throwing his father's computer over the balcony.

A heated confrontation followed and Nicholas Lawson was stabbed.

Michael Lawson testified to a grand jury that he stabbed his son in self-defense, according to court documents, but that he didn't recall stabbing his son and he might have done it while flailing his arms around.

Court documents state Michael Lawson changed his story multiple times about when he had last smoked meth, before stating he had smoked meth overnight and early into the morning on the day of the stabbing.

Court documents state blood tests showed "a very high quantity of meth" in Michael Lawson's system.

Prosecutors said there were "many inconsistencies" in Michael Lawson's testimony about the stabbing and the events leading up to it.

Court documents show Michael Lawson has a criminal history going back more than 40 years, including nine felony convictions and five misdemeanors.

He is scheduled to be sentenced on the manslaughter conviction Dec. 16.

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