NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A jury found former bar owner Chris Ferrell guilty of second degree murder in the shooting death of local country singer Wayne Mills Friday afternoon.
They deliberated for about an hour and a half before making their decision.
Mills, 44, was shot in the back of the head at the now-closed downtown Nashville bar Pit and Barrel on Nov. 23, 2013.
Ferrell took the stand in his own defense Thursday. He admitted to shooting the local country singer but says he did so because he “feared for his life.”
On the night of the shooting, Ferrell said the the two had been arguing after Mills lit a cigarette in the non-smoking bar before breaking a glass and threatening to kill him.
After the verdict, prosecutor Tammy Meade told News 2, “We believe very strongly in our case, our proof of evidence, and we believe the jury considered all that and we respect their verdict.”
However, Ferrell’s defense attorney said they plan to fight the jury’s decision.
“Obviously, we are disappointed in the verdict of the jury. Obviously, I disagree with it. We will appeal this case,” said attorney David Raybin.
Mills’ wife released the following statement after the verdict:
“I am grateful to the state of Tennessee for bringing the defendant to trial and justice. On behalf of myself, our son Jack, Wayne’s family, and friends.”
Ferrell is scheduled to be sentenced on April 10.