In yet another tragic example of how money problems can lead to the most horrible on consequences, typically murder or suicide, a dispute of a debit card transaction led a 17 year old to shot her father in the head with a towel wrapped rifle.
Trinity Copeland of Troy, New York is in the Rensselaer County jail following the dispute over $150 in purchases she made using her fathers debit card at a local store.
“I was in his room watching TV and he was on the couch,” Trinity says in her police deposition. “He got up and went into his bedroom and got a gun. He came back into the living room and sat back down on the couch. Basically, he was telling me that he was so angry with me, that I was a liar and a sneak and I never tell him anything anymore. I was telling him that I was sorry. I told him that I wanted to tell him before he saw it on the video.”
According to police statements Trinity gave the following recounting of events.
“He told me that he was gonna kill me,” the two page deposition went on. “He was holding the gun and pointing it at me. My heart was pounding. He said that after he killed me, that he was going to kill himself because he wasn’t going to jail for me misbehaving. I was like, dad, you don’t have to do this, I will stay on punishment. He said that he does not want to hear it. He said that he was going to kill us both or I was going to have to kill him. I said that I don’t want to. He was like then I’m gonna kill you right now. I said, no, no , no , no.l Then he said take the gun and I took it. I walked up to him and grabbed the gun and I back up and he said, aim it and then I aimed it. I was shaking. I said that I don’t have to kill you if I don’t have to do this. He sat up aggressively and said then give me the gun and I will. I was like, ok, ok. I aimed it and he told me what to say to cover it up. Then I asked him again please don’t make me kill you, it is not that serious. He was like, I’m not going to say it again. I was like why do I have to kill you, why do I have to kill you? He said that either way, he was going to die and he was giving me a way out. He laid back on the couch and I aimed at him. He said do it. i told him that I loved him and that I was sorry. Then I did it. I shot him. I put the gun on the ground and looked at him. I said dad, dad.”
There is no explanation yet what drove the situation to this cliff over the use of the debit card. Obviously there is more to the story if Trinity was concerned her father would see her purchase “on the video.” Apparently her father must have filed a report about the charge on his card and Trinity felt as if it would then lead back to her and she went ahead and admitted she was the one that used his debit card.
After shooting her father, as Trinity alleges he demanded, she called 911 for aid for her father who died a couple of hours later.
Whatever the underlying issue is in this situation, one person is dead and a 17 year old girl remains behind bars, charged with murdering her father, over events which started with a quick swipe of a debit card.