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Ethan Self found guilty of 1st degree murder, sentenced to life in prison

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ROGERSVILLE, TN (WJHL) -

A jury sealed Ethan Self's fate after nearly a two week long trial in Rogersville.

Judge Jon Kerry Blackwood and the jury delivered the guilty verdict around 1:15 this afternoon in front of many of Self's family members and friends.

Self shot and killed his father, Roger Self, a Greeneville police sergeant.

Self's defense claimed the shooting was an accident.

District attorney Tony Clark says the prosecution was able to prove it was premeditated murder.

"I think a lot of the evidence pointed to that fact," said Clark. "A lot of the things he did right after the shooting that he admitted to I think showed a plan…I think the jury listened to all the evidence and they made a decision based on the law and not sympathy."

After the trial, one of Self's family members said, "It's a no win situation."

"I feel for the family on both sides," added Clark. "As I told Roger's mother it's a loss to both of them in losing her son and now grandson but I think that justice was done today."

Judge Blackwood sentenced Self to life in prison with the possibility of parole.

Self will be eligible for parole after 51 years in prison.

Self will remain in a local jail while his defense attorneys "pursue other matters with the court."

They had no comment after the trial.


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A jury in Hawkins County found Ethan Self guilty of first degree murder Thursday afternoon and sentenced him to life in prison. Look for more on this on WJHL.com and on News Channel 11 beginning at 5 p.m.


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The fate of a Greene County man charged with the murder of his police officer father now rests in the hands of a jury.

Closing arguments wrapped up Wednesday in the trial of Ethan Self.

He is charged with first degree murder in the death of his father, Roger Self, a Greeneville Police Sergeant.

The defense argues that Roger had anger issues and abused Ethan on the night of his death.

Ethan said he only meant to scare his father when he took his gun into the bedroom and said it accidentally went off.

The prosecution, however, asks the jury to find Ethan guilty.

"And (Roger's) dead because of that man sitting right there. There's no disputing that, no disputing that. Because of his actions his father is dead.

Deliberations will resume at 8:30 Thursday morning.


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Jurors could begin deliberating this afternoon in the murder trial of a son accused of killing his police officer father.

Jurors heard from a firearms experts and one of Ethan Self's former girlfriends Tuesday.  

Self is charged with first-degree murder in the 2010 fatal shooting of his dad Roger, a former Greeneville police sergeant.

Self has admitted to shooting his father, but says the gun accidentally went off while he was trying to scare his dad, who the defense team argues had an abusive relationship with his son.

News Channel 11 Lauren Haviland is in the courtroom logging today's events. Follow her on Twitter at @laurenwjhl. 


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