Suspect in officer killing asks for delay in trial
IN COURT: Christopher Brian Cope, 25 (Source: Shreveport Police Dept.)
Cope is accused of shooting and killing Shreveport Police officer, Sgt. Tim Prunty
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -
The man accused of killing a Shreveport Police officer almost two years ago appeared in court Thursday afternoon, asking for a delay in his trial.
Christopher B. Cope, 25 faces first degree murder and attempted first degree murder charges in the October 2010 shooting death of Shreveport Police Sgt. Tim Prunty.
Sgt. Prunty was shot while standing outside of the Circle K gas station, located in the 3300 block of Bert Kouns in Shreveport. Cope is also charged with firing a shot into a nearby neighborhood guard shack. A security guard was reportedly on duty at the time, but was not hit.
During Thursday's court appearance, Cope's defense team asked the judge for a delay in trial on grounds that they are not ready. In response to the defense's request, prosecutors argued that the victim's family deserves to see resolution in the case.
If the judge grants the defense's request, the trial could be delayed up to a year. It's currently scheduled for July 23.
Judge Mike Pittman will make a decision on the motion and other requests made by the defense no later than May 30.