Caddo Coroner on the stand in Cope murder trial - KSLA News 12 Shreveport, Louisiana News Weather & Sports

Caddo Coroner on the stand in Cope murder trial

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SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -

UPDATE - 4:40 p.m.

KSLA News Reporter Fred Childers just tweeted "Coroner: Sgt Prunty's wounds were not survivable. He bled to death."

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UPDATE - 3:30 p.m.

KSLA News 12 Reporter Fred Childers tweeted that the Caddo Parish Coroner was on the stand. "Caddo Parish Coroner Todd Thoma is on the witness stand detailing the night he worked on Sgt Prunty after he was shot 5 times.

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A Shreveport Police Officer gave an emotional testimony Friday morning during the capitol murder trial of Christopher Cope. He's accused of shooting Shreveport Police Sergeant Tim Prunty back in 2010.

A tweet from KSLA News 12's Fred Childers from the courthouse said, "First responding officer to Sergeant Prunty breaks down on witness stand, Naomi Johnson says she was unable to return to the department."

Yesterday, the clerk at the Circle K the night of the shooting said had it not been for Sergeant Prunty, she wouldn't be alive. Cope's attorneys argued that while Cope's actions were inexcusable, they are not worthy of the death penalty.

KSLA News 12's Fred Childers will continue to cover the trial, tweeting information from the Caddo Parish Courthouse with trial updates. You can also keep up with the trial by following us at twitter.com/ksla. Fred will have more details on the trial on KSLA News 12 at 5 and 6, and also on ksla.com.

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SIDEBAR: Cope trial continuing coverage

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Continuing coverage in the criminal trial of Christopher Cope, charged with 1st degree murder in the shooting death of Shreveport Police Sgt. Timothy Prunty, a 19-year-veteran of the force. More>>

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