Claiborne father charged with killing his son

TAZEWELL, Tenn (WVLT) A Claiborne County father is being held without bond tonight, charged with killing his son.

Claiborne County Sheriff David Ray says his officers were called to 569 Meadow Street in Harrogate on Monday around 6:20 p.m.

Police found Neil Rolen, 31, unresponsive on the floor of the dining room. Paramedics transported Rolen to Middlesboro Emergency Room where he was pronounced dead.

Neil Rolen's father, Jackie Rolen, 54, also of 569 Meadow St., was charged with criminal homicide and possession of a handgun by a convicted felon.

Autopsy reports show that Neil Rolen died from a gunshot wound.

Rolen is currently in the Claiborne County Jail awaiting arraignment.

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  • by flowerpower Location: chicago on Feb 20, 2008 at 01:37 PM
    Those last 2 comments are funny! I don't understand them...must be hillbillies or something hehehe
  • by gabriella Location: alabama on Feb 18, 2008 at 08:32 AM
    she married that ugly man, i hope somebody kill him for killing people especially jackie neal ,if i know where that bastet live i wold kill him myself i fond out about jackie neal.
  • by deshawn Location: toledo on Feb 17, 2008 at 03:08 PM
    crackhed he was and deserved it. mofo wuz always hit his girl and go to jail in ohio then run away to tennessee like a lil ho. can't git along wit noone and gets shot like a dog
  • by Jennifer Location: monroe, mi on Feb 3, 2008 at 12:18 AM
    i would pick on neil when i ever i was visit his sis when she lived up in toledo wit my sis. that was my thing to pick on him cause it was fun
  • by toledo on Feb 1, 2008 at 10:34 PM
    Neil's service will be held at the family cemetery (Rolen). On Sunday at 3:00 p.m. and this is grave side service. I hope this helps. Also the family is asking for people to give money towards the services (at Actly's) instead of flowers. I hope this helps.
  • by BNowak81 Location: Toledo on Feb 1, 2008 at 08:26 AM
    The story on most of the websites is accurate and as far as details go., I have spoken with Neals Mom (my Aunt) and it seems that the bullet severed a major artery and it was only 2-4 minutes after the shot that he had died. Not sure about how long it took to call 911, but it probably would not have mattered. Neal is my cousin and we will miss him. Such a tragic event shoud be kept fresh in our minds as a reminder that tomorrow is not promised. We miss you Neal. You were a great guy with many accomplishments in the areas of academics and family. May God keep you. --Bill
  • by Beau Location: Barbourville KY on Jan 31, 2008 at 08:23 PM
    I knew the family, and I had stayed with them a long time ago. My heart as well goes out to all the family members. I am trying to find out obituary information for Neil. If anyone has any information, please send me an e-mail. Beau Denny-
  • by Sue on Jan 30, 2008 at 11:05 AM
    so sad
  • by Jeremy Location: Laws on Jan 30, 2008 at 06:47 AM
    WoW... I cant belive that such a tragedy would happen between these two I new the father. Never realy had a harsh word to say. It's sad to here this. I went to school with the other 2 brothers. I just met Neal 1 time. But seemed very nice as I mistook him as his brother Greg Rowlend. But he explained he had just came in from Michigan.. Its sad.. My heart goes out to the family members. WNTT Radio, Jeremy Laws
  • by Toledo Location: toledo on Jan 29, 2008 at 09:27 PM
    jack rolen was my uncle. Neil was my first cousin. I'm not sure what happened ,but have been told three differnt stories about and the time my uncle called 911. I heard there was a hour and 20 minutes before he called please some write me back and let me know anything you know. Ilive in Toledo ,Ohio. This makes it hard to find out whats going on. Thanks Toledo


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