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Two jurors seated in trial of Troy High student accused of murdering dad

Updated: 04/15/2014 1:05 PM
Created: 04/14/2014 8:48 AM WNYT.com
By: WNYT Staff

TROY - Jurors selection began Monday, in a murder trial where a teenager is accused of killing her father.

Trinity Copeland, 18, is accused of shooting her father, after the two argued over a credit card bill.

The process to select the 12 jurors in the trial began Monday morning.  Those 12 jurors will be tasked with the job to determine the innocence or guilt of Copeland. NewsChannel 13 is told that two jurors have been selected. The selection process has ended for the day and will resume Tuesday morning.

Copeland is accused of killing her father, Harlan Copeland, 47.

Police say it all happened back in July of 2012 in an apartment the two shared on Seventh Avenue in Troy.

Investigators say she fatally shot her father with a rifle. They say she told police she shot him in the head because he asked her to. Investigators also say Copeland, a Troy High School student at the time, told police that her father had threatened to kill her and himself. He was apparently angry over a $154 card charge.

Charges were dropped against Copeland last May because of an error in the grand jury process.

The case then went to another grand jury Copeland is facing second-degree murder and first degree manslaughter.

The trial is expected to take about two weeks. If convicted, she could face a maximum sentence of 15 years to life in prison for the murder charge and 25 years for the manslaughter charge.

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