Update: Man Arrested For Murder Of Allen County Woman

By Casey Wheeless and Michael Gossum | 

"Any time someone loses their life it's a tragedy. It's a senseless tragedy," said Kentucky State Police Trooper Greg Dukes.

A tragedy that struck close to home for many in Scottsville and Allen County after 22-year-old Chelsey Mahaney was murdered.

A Scottsville man is behind bars after he allegedly stabbed Mahaney to death.

Kentucky State Police say 34-year-old Charles M. Copass of Scottsville turned himself into the Scottsville Police Department around 4 o'clock Tuesday morning, and Copass is charged with her murder.

Police say they found Mahaney's body at 441 Barren River Dam Road in Allen County Monday night.

Kentucky State Police is handling the investigation.

They say Copass and Mahaney were acquaintances, but are not sure of a motive.

"We don't know why people do the things that they do, but when the officers show up on scene like this, we have to put our personal feelings aside. It's a job. We have to make sure we do the best job we can to make sure the victim has a voice," said Dukes.

The Kentucky Medical Examiner's office in Louisville is performing an autopsy on Mahaney's body.

It's a loss felt across the community today.

"It's an extremely sad day for our school family to hear of the passing of Chelsey. Of course when Chelsey was here, I was here while she was for all four years. She started for our girls basketball team for two or three years. She was very fun loving and enjoyed having a good time, one of the more popular kids in our school," said Allen County-Scottsville High School Principal Brian Carter.

Friends close to Mahaney say she was about four months pregnant.


Police say Charles M. Copass is being lodged in the Barren County Jail and his bond has now been set at one hundred thousand dollars.

That's where he is awaiting his June 21st court date.

Copass, who is a registered sex offender, is charged with the murder of 22-year-old Chelsey Mahaney, also from Scottsville.

Police found Mahaney's body at a home on Barren River Dam Road in Allen County Monday evening.

Copass and Mahaney were acquaintances but police are not sure of a motive.

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