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Posted: Tuesday, 08 July 2014 8:03AM

Prosecutor: Death penalty possible in slaying



SCOTTSVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A prosecutor says the death penalty is still an option for a southern Kentucky man who pleaded guilty to killing a pregnant woman before robbing her.

Commonwealth's Attorney Clint Willis says a jury could opt to sentence 36-year-old Charles Copass to death for killing 22-year-old Chelsey Mahaney on June 11, 2012 at her Scottsville home.

Copass entered the guilty plea in February without an agreement with prosecutors to killing Mahaney. Mahaney, who was about four months pregnant at the time.

At the time, Copass explained that he did not want to put anyone through a trial, which would have been in Simpson County.

Willis told The Daily News (http://bit.ly/1xImeGB ) the Mahaney family has expressed a preference that Copass be sentenced to life in prison when the sentencing starts this week.

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