A Livingston County jury found him guilty of second-degree murder and other charges Thursday afternoon. Due to his conviction, Zale could be sentenced to life in prison. His sentencing is June 5.
Zale had been charged in the shooting death of 43-year-old Derek Flemming.
Zale took the stand Tuesday and told the court the shooting was in self-defense. He said he had every intent on killing Derek Flemming last September when he pulled the trigger, because he feared for his life.
Zale says Flemming walked up to his truck and hit him in the face and threatened him during the road road incident.
According to police reports, Zale was allegedly tailgated Flemming who had his wife in his car as well, passing them and cutting them off before the fatal incident occurred.