Newport Businessman Says He Should Own a Slice of Famed Lee Wilson & Co. Property

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Monday, Oct. 8, 2012 12:00 am  

“We have decided that there are too many issues and future problems involved in any sort of partnership that would join our two families together on this deal,” Gaylon Lawrence Jr. said in a Feb. 21, 2011, email to Conner that was attached as an exhibit in the lawsuit. “It is simply too big and took too much cash and personal guarantee on the front end.”

Conner alleges that the Lawrences strung him along so he wouldn’t compete with them to buy Wilson’s property. Gaylon Lawrence Sr. died on July 10.

Lawrence Jr. couldn’t be reached for comment. In court filings, he denied the allegations of wrongdoing and denied that there was any duty owned between Conner and the Lawrences. Lawrence Jr. asked that the case be dismissed.

Lawrence’s attorney, Paul McNeill of Jonesboro, was unavailable for comment on Thursday. Conner is represented by Bill Bristow of Jonesboro, who declined to comment, and by H. David Blair of Batesville.



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