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Judge approves change of venue for Ethan Self murder trial

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GREENE COUNTY, TN (WJHL) -

When Ethan Self goes to trial in August for the murder of his father, a Greeneville police sergeant, he will do so in front of a jury out of Hawkins County.

A special judge approved a change of venue in the case Friday, moving the trial from Greene County to Hawkins County.

Self is charged with first-degree murder for shooting his father Roger Self back in March 2010.

Special Prosecutor Tony Clark says he and Self's attorneys expect the trial to take two to three weeks. According to Clark, changing the venue will prevent jurors from having to be sequestered during that time.

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Judge John Dugger said there is a conflict of interest, and both prosecuting and defense attorneys agree. Dugger's administrative assistant taught the deceased, Greeneville Police Sgt. Roger Self, for two years, they both grew up in the Bible Chapel Community and the families farms touch.

Dugger said a presiding judge will appoint another judge to hear the case.

Ethan Self faces charges of First Degree Murder in the shooting death of his father, Roger back in March of 2010.

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