Jury Deliberates for 20 Minutes to Find Lubbock Man Guilty
A Lubbock jury has found a man guilty of murder after deliberating for only 20 minutes on Friday, May 21st.
Back in June of 2018, now 32-year-old Chance Lee Copeland had arranged for a meeting with multiple people at a game room in the 400 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.
KAMC News reports that at some point during this meeting, Copeland opened fire into a car with multiple people inside, striking 24-year-old Preston Beadman and killing 37-year-old Cassie Oden. Beadman only suffered moderate injuries.
Reports say that there was a disagreement between several people at the scene, and one of the vehicles began to drive away when Copeland is said to have opened fire.
An eyewitness said that Copeland had said, "They're going to learn not to mess with me." The witness also said that they saw Copeland pull a firearm from his waistband and fire at least 5 shots.
The defense argued that this incident was a careless or reckless shooting during a drug deal that went bad, but the prosecution said that:
When you empty a gun like that into a vehicle full of people, you are responsible for murder. That is a cold-blooded killing that took place.
The jury began their deliberations at around 11:03 a.m., and not even 20 minutes later came back with their guilty verdict.
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