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Trinity Copeland found guilty in father's murder

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TROY, N.Y. -- Jurors reach a verdict in Trinity Copeland's murder trial. The Troy teen was found guilty of second degree murder in the death of her father.

The jury started deliberating at 10 a.m. and just before 2 p.m., they had made their decision.

After hearing the guilty verdict, Trinity Copeland started to sob before being led out of the courtroom in handcuffs.

Shane Hug, the Rensselaer County Assistant District Attorney said, "We are satisfied with the verdict. It was a tough case. There are really no winners here today. This family has been torn apart by one family member killing another."

Michael Feit, Copeland's Defense Attorney said, "Well, frankly I was very surprised that the jury reached a guilty verdict as quickly as they did. I thought there were many issues to discuss.

Throughout the trial, prosecutors maintained that after withdrawing $154 from her father's bank account without his knowledge, Harlan filed a police report.

To cover her tracks, they say Trinity grabbed a rifle and shot Harlan while he was sleeping.

They believe the police video from the night in question helped prove their case.

Hug said, "I think the video was probably the strongest piece of evidence we had because it showed all things. It showed good questioning; it showed a lack of empathy or sympathy for her father who was just shot four hours before. So, I think the video did it.''

After initially telling police that someone had broken into their seventh avenue apartment, she took the stand in her own defense.

In her testimony, she admitted to shooting her father, but said he had threatened to kill her and himself during a confrontation over the ATM card.

After pleading with her father, she claims he asked her to shoot him instead, a story the jury clearly didn't buy.

Feit said, "This jury for whatever reason decided that that threat was either not imminent, that threat was not something that justified her in doing it. I don't know what the reason is but it is a very sad moment.''

Feit plans to appeal the verdict and Copeland will be sentenced on May 29. She faces 25 years to life in prison.

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