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Man found guilty of murder in 2015 Marion shooting

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WILLIAMSON CO. -- A jury has found Jack Thomas Jr., of Hamilton County, guilty of first degree murder. Investigators say Thomas shot Micheal Reed in April 2015 on College Street in Marion. 

According to a news release from Williamson County State's Attorney Brandon Zanotti, Thomas, 38, shot Reed while sitting in the driver's seat of a truck.

Reed died after being taken to Heartland Regional Medical Center and Thomas fled the scene before being arrested by law enforcement the next day in White County.

At the trial, Thomas argued he acted in self-defense and asked for his charges to be reduced.

The trial lasted 10 days and a jury only took two hours to find Thomas guilty.

Zanotti said that he's thrilled with the jury verdict.

"Dangerous criminal who saw fit to murder a fellow citizen will be heading behind bars. Murder trials are difficult for all involved, and we appreciate the jury's service these past couple weeks on this trial," Zanotti said.

Thomas will be sentenced by a Williamson County judge on Aug. 10, 2018.

"We also want to thank all law enforcement involved, especially the Marion Police Department, for their excellent work. Our hearts go out to Mr. Reed's family, and we hope that today's verdict brings them some peace in their quest for justice," Zanotti said.

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