Year-old death results in murder charge

ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. (AP) -- Carter County Sheriff Chris Mathes says a man who claimed self-defense in a 2011 homicide inflicted his own wounds.

The Johnson City Press reported the department charged 32-year-old Benjamin Goudy on Friday with second-degree murder in the shooting death of Larry Wayne Whittaker.

Authorities said Goudy hired Whittaker to work for his lawn care business and let him move into his home.

Mathes said the men fought after drinking heavily the night of Oct. 17, 2011.

Deputies found Goudy lying on the ground outside the home and Whittaker dead of gunshot wounds. Goudy had stab wounds in his upper thighs and a puncture wound to his abdomen. Mathes said Goudy had now admits stabbing himself.

He is held pending arraignment. There is no jail record of attorneys.


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