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Trial begins for Abingdon man accused of killing father in 2015

Joshua Copeland is accused of stabbing his father Edsel in the parking lot of a probation office in Abingdon in June 2015. His trial begins this week in Circuit Court. (WCYB Archive)

A jury was seated Monday in Abingdon and began hearing evidence against a man accused of killing his father before leading police on a chase through Middle Tennessee and Arkansas.

Joshua Copeland is standing trial for first degree murder. He's accused of stabbing his father, Edsel Copeland, outside the probation and parole office on main street in Abingdon in the summer of 2015.

Judge Randall Lowe has set aside several days for the trial in Washington County Circuit Court. Conviction of first degree murder carries up to life in prison.

Copeland led Nashville police on a chase near the Opry Mills retail area on Briley Parkway before officers ended the pursuit due to safety concerns. He was later captured in Dumas, Arkansas- a city located 150 miles south of Memphis.

Testimony in the trial is scheduled to be completed on Friday.

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