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19-year-old pleads guilty to murdering father in Campbell County

The defense and the commonwealth came to an agreement on the charges; they dismissed a firearm charge and agreed to a guilty plea of second-degree murder against Tyler Staples (BRRJ)

GLADYS, Va. (WSET) -- A man accused of killing his father in Campbell County was in court Thursday for his jury trial.

Tyler Staples, 19, was charged with second-degree murder after the Campbell County Sheriff's Office said he shot and killed his father in December on Collins Ferry Road in Gladys.

First responders found John Wesley Staples II, 40, dead from multiple gunshot wounds.

At the time, officials said the shooting stemmed from a domestic dispute.

In court Thursday, Staples and his attorney argued it was self defense, but to use that argument, the defense told Staples he would have to testify.

Staples decided he would not be emotionally stable to stand trial.

According to an interview with Staples that played in court Thursday, Staples was arguing with his father the night of the shooting and that Staples' father grabbed a heavy glass bowl.

Staples then went to a bedroom and grabbed a gun and told his father to leave.

He claims his father went outside, but did turn back to go toward the home and threatened him, and that's when Staples fired at his father.

The defense and the commonwealth came to an agreement on the charges; they dismissed a firearm charge and agreed to a guilty plea of second-degree murder.

With the plea, the commonwealth will not argue for more than a 13 year sentence, but the court doesn't have to follow that.

Second-degree murder typically holds a five to 40 year sentence.

Staples is set to be back in court in September.

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