Three-Day Sentence Hearing for Charles Copass Wraps Up

By: Kristin Martin
By: Kristin Martin

ALLEN COUNTY, Ky. (WBKO) -- Three days in Allen County Circuit Court and multiple witnesses later, the sentence hearing for 36-year-old Charles Copass wrapped up.

Emotions were high for families of both Copass and the victim, 22-year-old Chelsey Mahaney, as they relived the past through testimonies.

"It's been really rough. The first day was really bad when they were telling of all the stab wounds and stuff," said Diane Mahaney, Chelsey's grandmother.

Copass pleaded guilty in February to several charges in the the gruesome murder of Chelsey and her unborn child in June of 2012.

Friday afternoon, his mother, Dena Copass, testified, breaking down in tears as she recalled when her husband physically and emotionally abused her and her children.

A past Diane said is irrelevant to this current case.

"They're talking about his childhood. They're talking a lot about his dad that adopted him, Billy Copass. That has nothing to do with him killing my granddaughter -- none of that," Mahaney said.

Dena remembers her son protecting her during violent arguments.

Diane can only remember what he did to end a life.

"He killed her. He stabbed her 51 times," Mahaney said.

Those actions still didn't take away his mother's love as she mouthed the words "I love you" to her son as she walked out the courtroom.

Because there was no plea agreement, the death penalty is still an option.

"I still don't want him to get the death penalty -- that's too easy. I want him to get life with no probation. I don't want another family to go through what we went through," Mahaney said.

Copass waived his right to a jury leaving the decision up to the judge.

His final sentencing is scheduled for 2 p.m. August 19.


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