Murder trial a go on Monday

Published 12:00 am Friday, November 18, 2011

A jury has been seated to hear the murder case against Bobby Wayne Copeland, with arguments set to begin Monday.

Copeland is accused of shooting his wife, 63-year-old Dorothy Cravey Copeland, in the couple’s North Creek Community home in July 2009.

He has remai-ned in the Covin-gton County Jail under a $1 million bond since his arrest, but was granted two month-long passes so that he could receive medical treatment for what he describes as a “bad heart and bad lungs.”

Earlier this month, Copeland asked for trial continuance and a bond reduction to seek additional medical treatment; however, Judge Ashley McKathan denied both motions.

Ashley Cravey, the victim’s nephew who testified at the hearing, described his aunt as a “a very, very good woman” who “deserves this case to go to trial.”

Copeland is being represented by Coffee County attorney Joe Sawyer, with Chief Assistant District Attorney Grace Jeter prosecuting the case. Opening arguments are set for 1 p.m. Monday.

Once started, the case will be the third of its kind handled in the last week. On Wednesday, a jury found David Whiltshire guilty of manslaughter in the deaths of two women following a 2007 auto accident.

Today, a jury is scheduled to decide whether or not to find Ronald Barbaree guilty of manslaughter and driving under the influence following the death of then 20-year-old Rachel Roberts on New Year’s Day in 2005.