TROY, N.Y. - A Rensselaer County teen has been arraigned on charges of murder and manslaughter Thursday for allegedly killing her father during an argument in July.
A grand jury has indicted 17-year-old Trinity Copeland, of Troy, Thursday on charges of Murder 2nd-degree and Manslaughter 1st-degree.
Copeland's father, 47-year-old Harlan Copeland, was found dead with a gunshot wound to the head in their Seventh Avenue home.
The teen told police in a statement that her father had been angry at her for taking his ATM card and was threatening to kill her and then kill himself. She said he had been drinking when the confrontation started, around 3 a.m.
"He said that he was going to kill us both or I was going to have to kill him," she said in her statement. She went on to say, "He told me that he was gonna kill me. He was holding the gun and pointing it at me. My heart was pounding."
At first authorities were unclear if the death was a homicide or if the fatal wounds were self-inflicted.