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Troy teen charged for 2nd time in father's murder


TROY, N.Y. - A Troy teen has been charged with murder for the second time in connection to the death of her father.

Trinity Copeland, 17, pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder and first-degree manslaughter in Rensselaer County Court on Wednesday.

The Troy girl, charged with killing her father last year, was released from jail in May after the county dropped the indictment because the court found prosecutors failed to properly instruct grand jury during the first indictment.

Police claim Copeland admitted to killing her father, Harlan Copeland, on July 13, 2012 inside their home on Seventh Avenue. Authorities say the shooting occurred after an argument over her father's ATM card.

"He said that he was going to kill us both or I was going to have to kill him," Trinity said in her statement to police. 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."

"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 that I loved him and that I was sorry. Then I did it, I shot him."

Authorities say Harlan Copeland was found with one gunshot wound to the head. A firearm, believed to be the weapon involved, was recovered at scene.

Copeland was remanded to the Rensselaer County Jail without bail on Wednesday.

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