Update: Man Arrested For Murder Of Allen County Woman

By: Casey Wheeless and Michael Gossum Email
By: Casey Wheeless and Michael Gossum Email

"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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  • by Concerned Friend Location: Far Away on Jun 15, 2012 at 10:28 AM
    I pray for the family of both the victim and the accussed. His family is in deep pain as well! His family cant help what has happened.
  • by Sue Location: Barren Co on Jun 14, 2012 at 07:31 PM
    If we used Biblical justice this kind of senseless violence would stop. He should never have been on the streets again after raping a 13 year old girl.
  • by Izzie Location: Scottsville, Kentucky on Jun 14, 2012 at 06:40 AM
    I heard about this. I was checking up on facebook. I was wanting to know the truth. This is sad!
  • by Lydia Location: Hart County on Jun 13, 2012 at 02:47 PM
    I worked with Chelsey's father for several years, he loved his kids. She was a wonderful child, and had become a beautiful young lady who was just beginning her life. My heart goes out to her family.
  • by Brandy Location: Bowling Green on Jun 13, 2012 at 09:29 AM
    A wonderful person to work with, always made you smile with her unforgettable personality. My heart and prayers to her family. I pray justice is served for her and her unborn child. There can be no penalty harsh enough to truelly bring justice for this beautiful girl!!!!
  • by karen Location: tompkinsville on Jun 13, 2012 at 03:35 AM
    Will pray for the family in this story
  • by katie Location: bowling green, ky on Jun 12, 2012 at 09:26 PM
    i cant believe how a sick person would do this to a great friend. she loved her family and friends. she is in a safer place than she would be down here. this world is not safe now these days. its hard to lose a family member and a close friend. she will always be in our hearts. i could see her looking down from heaven smiling down. i wish i would have gotten to hang out with her before she was gone.
  • by sheila Worden Location: Scottsville Ky on Jun 12, 2012 at 09:19 PM
    if she was going to have a baby wouldn't that be double murder?I think he should get the death pentaly
  • by allen county resident on Jun 12, 2012 at 11:30 AM
    Stay tuned to other news sources, wbko is the last to know squat
  • by sherry Location: scottsville on Jun 12, 2012 at 09:24 AM
    so sad. i knew this girl. praying for her family
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