Woman Charged With Killing Husband In East Lake

Children Were Sleeping In The Home

Thursday, September 8, 2011
Regina Rene Copeland
Regina Rene Copeland

A 32-year-old woman has been charged with killing her husband in East Lake.

Regina Rene Copeland, of 3020 13th Ave., was arrested for criminal homicide.

Police responded at 10:41 p.m. Wednesday to the 13th Avenue address on a call of shots fired. Ms. Copeland said she shot her husband, Demitrius Roshelle.

Police found the husband lying unresponsive on the bedroom floor with blood coming from the left side of his face.

Ms. Copeland told police that she was in her vehicle parked in the driveway in front of her house when her husband approached her car, opened the door, and pulled her out and into the house. She said they continued to argue and fight inside.

She said she ran to the bedroom, retrieved a .357 Magnum revolver from under the bed, pulled the hammer back and told her husband to pack his things and leave.

She said that without warning the gun went off hitting her husband in the face and killing him.

The couple had three children in the home asleep at the time of the incident. The children were taken by Child Protective Services, but later turned over to a family member.

This is the 19th homicide of the year.

Assistant Police Chief Tim Carroll said, "Modern guns just don't go off by themselves. Somebody has to make it go off."

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