Trial of man accused of killing son-in-law starts

​HAMILTON COUNTY, Tenn. (WDEF) — A trial for a man accused of shooting and killing his son-in-law is underway in Hamilton County.

After a jury was selected on Tuesday morning, they heard opening arguments from the state and the defense in the trial of Glen Donaldson.

Donaldson is charged with first degree murder. He is accused of killing his son-in-law, Adam Levi, at an Ooltewah home in December of 2016. Donaldson called 911 and said he shot Levi because he was threatening him with a knife.

Prosecutors say while Levi was doing the dishes Donaldson shot him in the head and his story doesn’t add up. They say medical examiners will explain why.

“He is going to tell you that the bullet that Glen Donaldson fired into Adam Levi’s skull was fired at close range into the back of Adam Levi’s head. He is going to tell you all of the reasons why that is inconsistent with the story that Glen Donaldson told 911,” said Crystle Carrion, a prosecutor.

Defense attorneys say it was in self defense.

“The bottom line is ladies and gentleman, the night that he died he was in an agitated highly emotional state that I respectfully submit to you that that informs that this man was in danger,” a defense attorney said.

The jury heard from people who responded to the scene. Investigators described what the kitchen looked like. They say the faucet was still running. One deputy says there was no sign of a struggle inside the house.

The trial is expected to start up again at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday.

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