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Jury selection begins in Troy teen’s murder trial

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TROY, N.Y. -- Jury selection began Monday for a Troy teen who once admitted to killing her own father.

Trinity Copeland was released from the Rensselaer County Jail in May 2013, when the murder indictment against the teen was dropped. Rensselaer County District Attorney Richard McNally said the court found prosecutors failed to properly instruct grand jury.

"The court dismissed the indictment saying we improperly instructed the grand jury on law of self-defense.  So she'll be recharged after she surrenders herself to authorities next week," said McNally.

In September of 2013 she was re-arraigned on charges of second-degree Murder and first-degree Manslaughter, to which she plead not guilty.

Copeland was charged with second-degree murder in connection to the death of her father, Harlan Copeland. In a police report obtained by NEWS10 ABC, Copeland admitted to killing her father on July 13, 2012, as he sat on his couch inside their home on Seventh Avenue.

Authorities say the shooting stemmed from an argument after Copeland used her father's ATM card without his permission.

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

"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 spent about 10 months behind bars after she admitted to the shooting.

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