A woman who witnessed her fiance get shot dead during a drunken argument says his final words to the gunman were ‘what are you going to do, shoot me?’ just moments before the trigger was pulled.
Cody Couch, 27, was shot dead at a home in Folsom, Louisiana in April last year allegedly by his fiancee’s close friend.
In the lead up to the shooting, Couch had been drunkenly arguing with fiancee Kristin Copeland and her friend Margaret Stockstill.
A video recording of Copeland’s witness statement was shown to a court on Tuesday in Stockstill’s murder trial.
Cody Couch, 27, (left) was shot dead at a home in Folsom, Louisiana in April last year allegedly by his fiancee Kristin Copeland’s (right) close friend
Copeland had told investigators that she and Stockstill were trying to get Couch to leave the home in a bid to bring an end to the drunken fight.
‘He was being a smart…,’ Copeland said in the video shown to court, according to NOLA.com.
‘He said, ‘Oh yeah, what are you going to do, shoot me?’ And she shot him.’
Copeland went on to describe how she tried to apply pressure to her fiance’s wound while Stockstill dialed 911.
Couch was rushed to hospital where he later died.
When she was questioned in court, Copeland said she had drunk ‘half a bottle of tequila’ in the lead up to the argument with Couch.
Copeland admitted that the argument started because she was angry at Couch for going out to play pool with a friend earlier that night.
Margaret Stockstill is charged with second-degree murder in Couch’s death after allegedly shooting him following the drunken argument
Copeland admitted that the argument started because she was angry at Couch for going out to play pool with a friend earlier that night. The murder trial was initially delayed when Copeland (above) was arrested for allegedly stabbing a man in an unrelated case
She said she tried to call and text him multiple times.
When she couldn’t get hold of him, Copeland said she set fire to some of her dead mother’s clothes on the front lawn and sent a photo of the fire to Couch, telling him they were his belongings.
‘I was being an a**hole’ Copeland said, adding that she never told her fiance that the clothes weren’t his.
The argument between the trio began when Couch returned to the home.
Stockstill was charged with second-degree murder over the fatal shooting.
Her attorney told the court in opening arguments that she shot Couch in self-defense because she feared for her life during the argument.
Copeland, however, told the court she never felt unsafe.
‘Everyone was shoving everyone,’ Copeland said. ‘It was a drunken argument that got out of hand. I never felt in danger.’
The murder trial was due to start last November but had to be delayed when Copeland was arrested for allegedly stabbing a man in an unrelated case.