Sevier County doctor found guilty on lesser charges

SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A Sevier County jury has convicted a doctor of vehicular homicide and reckless homicide for the death of a man sleeping inside his own home.

The circuit court jury needed only an hour Thursday to convict Dr. Edward Wilcox Smith of the felony charges, ending an emotional day of testimony.

The jury chose not to convict Smith of the second-degree murder charge the state sought. Smith also was fined $15,000.

He is scheduled to be sentenced April 21 and faces prison time.

Smith's attorney said the optometrist was depressed and thinking of suicide when his pickup truck struck a tree and then a home in 2006, killing Chuck Finchum as he slept on his couch.

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