Day four of the Christopher Cope trial brought with it some very compelling testimony. The jury heard from a security guard at Southern Trace Country Club who claims Cope drove to the guard shack at the front of the country club and shot one round at the complex.
Assistant District attorney Dale Cox made the case that the security guard uniform is almost identical to a Shreveport Police Officer's uniform, and that Cope's actions were not in response to depression, or negative comments from a girl. Rather, Cox tried to show the jury that Cope was set on shooting an officer that night.
The prosecution also called Kyle Patrick to the stand. Patrick told the jury that he and Cope had been best friends since the sixth grade. During the course of their friendship Patrick testified that they would often go to car races and work on vehicles together. Patrick went on to say that Cope owned a .40 caliber Smith and Weston gun and the two would often go to a rural area and shoot their weapons. "He was a good shot," said Patrick.
On the night Sergeant Timothy Prunty was shot and killed Patrick said Cope came to his home at around 3 a.m. and crawled into bed with Patrick and his girlfriend and told them both that he loved them and that this would probably be the last time they would see him.
Testimony wrapped up around 5:30 on Sunday evening. Court is scheduled to start back up at 9:30 a.m. on Monday morning, when the state is expected to call more witnesses to the stand.