East Lake Woman Gets Diversion In Shooting Death Of Husband

Thursday, February 20, 2014
Regina Rene Copeland
Regina Rene Copeland

A woman who was charged with criminal homicide in the death of her husband in East Lake was given judicial diversion on a guilty plea of voluntary manslaughter.

Regina Rene Copeland, of 3020 13th Ave., appeared before Criminal Court Judge Barry Steelman.

Defense attorney Lee Davis said if the case had gone to trial his client would have claimed self-defense.

He said Ms. Copeland's husband, Demitrius Roshelle, dragged her out of her car into their house on 13th Avenue in the incident in February 2011.

He said there was an altercation and argument inside and she shot him one time.

Police responded at 10:41 p.m. on a call of shots fired. Ms. Copeland told officers she shot her husband.

Police found the victim 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.

Attorney Davis said the charge can be expunged from the record if she gets in no further trouble in three years.

Ms. Copeland was 32 at the time of the incident.

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