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Troy teen accused of killing dad charged again
TROY -- Troy Police say she admitted to investigators to shooting her father in the head back in July of 2012. But shortly after the Troy High School student confessed to the crime, Troy Police say her case was thrown out because of a legal technicality.
On Wednesday, 18-year-old Trinity Copeland was back in court and re-arraigned on second degree murder and first degree manslaughter charges for the death of her father, 47-year-old Harlan Copeland. During interviews with investigators, Troy Police say Copeland explained how the incident stemmed from an argument over her using her father's debit card.
In a statement to investigators, Trinity said her father was drunk when she told him about using his card and he got angry. The teen said he went and got a rifle and told her, "I'm either going to kill the both of us, or you're going to have to kill me." The teen's statement continues with what Trinity says happened before she put on gloves and fired a single shot at Harlan as he lay on a couch.
"I said that I don't want to. He was like 'Then I'm gonna kill you right now.' I said 'No, no, no, no'...Then he said, 'Take the gun' and I took it. I was like 'Why do I have to kill you.' He said that either way he was going to die and he was giving me a way out... He said do it. I told him I loved him and that I was sorry. Then I did it. I shot him."
Copeland pleaded not guilty to the charges and was remanded to Rensselaer County Jail. If convicted, Copeland could spend 25 years to life in prison.