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Teen on trial for shooting and killing her father.
TROY - The trial of a Rensselaer County teen accused of shooting and killing her father will start back up on Monday afternoon. Trinity Copeland has not testified yet, but jurors heard her story in her own words Friday as a videotape of her statement and interview with police was played in court.
In the video Copeland told detectives that her father, Harlan Copeland, was angry because she stole money using his debit card. She told police that he told her to shoot him or he would shoot her. At times Copeland broke down crying.
Later in the day the prosecution asked that Copeland's Grand Jury testimony be read. The jury listened as the court reporter read dozens of pages. In that testimony, Copeland said that she originally told police someone else came in to the home and shot her father. But said she later told them it was her. She told the prosecutor that her father told her to get gloves and a towel to hide prints from the gun and gun residue from her clothes and then laid down before she shot him.
The prosecution said in opening statements that it believes Copeland shot her father as he was sleeping so she wouldn't get in trouble for stealing his card.
Her defense attorney has said she shot him because he gave her no choice.
The prosecution is expected to rest on Monday. Then the defense will begin its case. Copeland's attorney has said she plans to take the stand in her own defense.