Defense attorneys on Monday tried to paint a scene of frantic, threatening party-goers near the home of a northeast Raleigh man who is on trial for the 2016 shooting death of a 20-year-old.
Veteran police officer J.L. Campbell told the court he was assaulted by a woman after the shooting that took the life of Kouren-Rodney Bernard Thomas. Wake County sheriff’s deputy J. Ekkens testified that some people from the party became upset when investigators detained them, but the only gun found at the scene was the .12-gauge shotgun that was used to kill Thomas.
“The only gun that I saw was the shotgun inside the house,” Ekkens said.
Investigators say Chad Cameron Copley, a homeowner on Singleleaf Lane, fired a single shotgun blast through his garage window at about 1 a.m. on Aug. 7, 2016. The shot fatally wounded Thomas, who was running at the edge of Copely’s front yard.
Copley, 40, is charged with first-degree murder. Monday marked the first day his defense attorneys presented evidence they hope will exonerate their client, who they say had reason to