TROY - Trinity Copeland, 18, testified in her own defense on Tuesday, admitting to the jury that she shot her father. Closing arguments wrapped up around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, jurors will decide her fate.
Copeland wiped and rubbed her eyes many times during the testimony, and her voice was composed as she answered questions about the early morning hours two years ago when she shot and killed her father. She told the court she was pleading and in fear for her life and she killed her father at his insistence.
Copeland testified her relationship with her father went bad when he became out of control and belligerent about three months earlier – and that he drank frequently.
She testified that when she admitted at 3:30 a.m. that she took out cash with his debit card, her drunk father took out his gun, said he was sick of her lying, and told her to kill him or he would kill them both.