Family Members of Murder Victim Chelsey Mahaney Feel No Mercy

By Michael Gossum | 

Today marked the beginning of the Charles Copass murder case.

Copass is accused of murdering 22-year-old Chelsey Mahaney on June 11th.

Several family members were present, but reserved at the hearing today.

Afterward, they let out their emotion.

"There is a hole in my heart, and it's heavy. My heart is heavy," said Mahaney's grandmother Diane Mahaney.

Mahaney was living with her grandmother, Diane Mahaney, when she was murdered.

Allen County District Judge Martha Harrison allowed Copass to leave the courtroom shortly after he appeared, when he explained there could be lots of emotion in the hearing.

"I wanted him to stay in the room. I wanted the chair turned around where he could see Chelsey's family and friends there. I wanted him to know how much he had hurt people who had not done anything to him," said Diane Mahaney.

Only one witness testified, lead detective on the case, Eric Salmon of Kentucky State Police.

He delivered damaging testimony.

Through his investigation, he learned Copass told his brother, a friend, and a former probation officer, he killed Mahaney.

"Detective Stephens also stated that David Copass told him that during a conversation he had with Charles Copass during that day, that Charles Copass had stated he would rather go back to prison for murder than for a sex conviction," said Salmon.

Mahaney was also four months pregnant, which could possibly lead to more charges.

During the hearing, it came to light that Copass said he wanted the death penalty, and because of that, Diane Mahaney wants a different form of justice.

"I want him to be sent to prison for the rest of his life with no chance for parole," said Diane Mahaney.

Judge Harrison said she found more than probable cause and the case will now go to a grand jury, and Commonwealth Attorney Clint Willis take over the case.

A date is not yet set for that hearing.

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