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UPDATE: Defense rests in Ethan Self trial

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The defense for Ethan Self focused on trying to convince jurors he shot his father by accident Tuesday.

Attorneys for Self hope testimony from two firearms experts shows jurors the shooting could have been an accident.

Ethan Self has admitted to shooting his father, Greeneville Police Sergeant Roger Self, as he slept in 2010, but says the gun went off by accident, and he only meant to scare his father.

Former Knoxville Police officer Gary Shaffer testified that the Glock pistol used in the shooting could have gone off unintentionally.

"Any firearm in the hands of a person who is not trained to handle it correctly and safely is a disaster," said Shaffer on the witness stand, "it is the potential loss of human life."

District Attorney Tony Clark questioned Shaffer about whether that proved this particular shooting was an accident.

"Isn't it true sir, that an untrained person could just as well shoot someone intentionally as an untrained person?" Clark asked Shaffer, who responded "Oh yes sir."

Clark says the defense rested Tuesday evening. According to Clark, the prosecution will call rebuttal witnesses to the stand Wednesday morning, closing arguments will follow the final witness testimony and then the case will go to the jury.

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