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Prosecution wraps up testimony in Cope trial

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The second crime scene: Cope's red Camaro was pulled over on Rasberry Lane near Financial Plaza not long after Sgt. Prunty was shot. The second crime scene: Cope's red Camaro was pulled over on Rasberry Lane near Financial Plaza not long after Sgt. Prunty was shot.
Christopher Cope, 26 (Source: Shreveport Police Department) Christopher Cope, 26 (Source: Shreveport Police Department)
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -

The prosecution has completed its case in the Christopher Cope first degree murder trial.

Cope is accused of gunning down Shreveport Police Sgt. Timothy Prunty outside a southwest Shreveport Circle K in October 2010.

Most of the day's testimony came from crime scene investigators, going over all the physical evidence that was gathered at both the convenience store and the second crime scene, which was the location where Cope's red Camaro was pulled over by police on Rasberry Lane near Financial Plaza shortly after the shooting. 

Sgt. Danny Duddy, in charge of Shreveport's Crime Scene Investigation unit, testified that he recovered a Smith & Wesson .40 caliber handgun from that second crime scene. That gun was placed in a clear case and propped upright and passed around the jury on Monday.

A live cartridge was also recovered at the second crime scene. According to testimony Monday, it was determined by a fingerprint analyst that Cope's fingerprints were found on that cartridge. The Northwest Louisiana Crime Lab also showed microscopic photography that showed matching lines on some of the bullets recovered from the scene and from Sgt. Prunty's body, and bullets that were test-fired in a controlled environment, matching the bullets to the gun.

The final prosecution witness concluded testimony just before 6 p.m. Monday. 

Before wrapping up for the day, the prosecution laid out numerous pieces of evidence from the crime scenes and allowed the jury a chance review it before moving on to hearing the defense make their case in the morning.

On Tuesday, the defense is expected to call their own medical expert. Over the past few days, the defense has raised questions as to whether Sgt. Prunty's injuries were survivable.

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