Day four of Copeland trial reveals some twists

Posted at: 04/17/2014 6:21 PM
Updated at: 04/17/2014 9:40 PM
By: Abigail Bleck

TROY -- The tearful Trinity Copeland jurors saw in court Thursday is not the Trinity Copeland witnesses recalled today. 

On the stand, three members of the Troy Police Department described the then 17-year-old they encountered at the murder scene on Seventh Avenue in July 2012 as calm and unemotional.

One of the officers testified that Trinity asked him then -- not once, but twice -- if "he (her father Harlan Copeland) was dead yet."  A second police officer told jurors that Trinity initially stated it was an intruder who got into the apartment and shot her father but a detective later testified that there wasn't sign of a struggle or break-in.

The jury also heard that Harlan Copeland was found lying on his back on the sofa with a single bullet wound to his head.  One member of law enforcement recalled seeing him with is arms and legs crossed.  That's how, Harlan Copeland's brother-in-law stated, Harlan slept.  That testimony contradicts the statement police say Trinity gave them -- that she shot her father because he forced her to do it.

Finally, and although jurors were instructed to disregard it, the brother-in-law claimed that he never saw Harlan hit trinity and that Harlan had a serious drinking problem