Former Knox County Schools security officer found guilty of murder

Kevin Waggoner

MAYNARDVILLE (WATE) – After around six hours of deliberations a jury found Kevin Waggoner guilty of second degree murder during his retrial in Union County.

Waggoner is accused of shooting his neighbor, Michael Woodby, in 2013. His first trial in September 2015 was declared a mistrial after the jury deliberated for around 12 hours, then said they were hopelessly deadlocked and more time would not render a verdict.

The Waggoners and Woodbys, who lived across the street from each other, had been feuding for years. They recorded their encounters with each other from their yards. The nearly 180 hours of footage was used as evidence in the trial.

There are 180 hours of audio recordings in the case, including what prosecutors said is Waggoner talking about the potential death of Woodby.
There are 180 hours of audio recordings in the case, including what prosecutors said is Waggoner talking about the potential death of Woodby.

Waggoner testified that he and his son had gone for a walk in 2013 when an intoxicated Michael Woodby came up behind them yelling, and attacked his son with a walking stick. He testified there were constant threats made to his son. That’s why defense attorneys say Waggoner shot his neighbor four times out of self defense, but prosecutors believe it was an ambush.

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