UPDATE: Charles Copass Pleads Guilty To Murder Charges

By: Jake Boswell, Melissa Warren Email
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"He said he didn't want to put her family through a jury trial, and he didn't want to put his family through it, and that's why he pleaded guilty.  He pleaded guilty to everything," said Mahaney.

UPDATED: 10:00 PM -- Surprising almost everyone present during today's hearing, Charles Copass pleaded guilty to murdering Chelsey Mahaney in 2012. 22 year-old Mahaney was four months pregnant at the time, and her grandmother remembers it like it was yesterday.

"She was my life. When she was taken away, part of me was took with her. I loved her so good," said Chelsey's Mahaney's grandmother Dianne Mahaney.

At the same time Mahaney says the court process, that began two summers ago, has seemed like ages, and today's plea came as a shock.

"We got blind-sided. We really weren't expecting this. We were expecting other things to take place today. When Charlie Copass pleaded guilty, he was guilty. I'm glad he did do what he did, because it's honest. It's the truth. He was guilty, and this way, it does take some of the burden off of us," said Mahaney.

Mahaney says Copass explained to those in the courtroom, why he decided to plead guilty.

"He said he didn't want to put her family through a jury trial, and he didn't want to put his family through it, and that's why he pleaded guilty. He pleaded guilty to everything," said Mahaney.

Everything being murder, first degree robbery, fetal homicide, theft by unlawful taking, tampering with physical evidence, and being a persistent felony offender.

Copass is eligible for the death penalty, but Mahaney says she doesn't want that.

"I don't wish that on nobody. I really don't. I'd rather him get life with no probation. That's what I wish for him," said Mahaney.

Time will tell whether that will be the case, as Copass is set to appear in court for sentencing on July 9.

Copass waived his right to a jury sentencing, so a judge will determine his sentence in July.


SCOTTSVILLE, Ky. (WBKO) -- Charles Copass has pleaded guilty to all charges in the 2012 murder of Chelsey Mahaney.

The charges include murder, fetal homicide, first-degree robbery, tampering with physical evidence, and theft by unlawful taking.

Copass' plea is unconditional, meaning there is no type of plea agreement in the case. The admission came during at pre-trial hearing that began on February 5 and went into the morning of February 6.

His sentencing is scheduled for July 9.

Chelsey Mahaney, 22, was found stabbed to death in Copass's home in Scottsville in 2012. She was four months pregnant at the time of her murder.


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