Cassie Oden’s murderer sentenced to life in prison
On Tuesday, May 25, Chance Lee Copeland, 32, was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Cassie Oden, 37, in June 2019.
As previously reported by KFYO News, Copeland initially arranged a meeting with several people that day in the 400 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. At one point during the meeting, Copeland pulled into a car, hitting 24-year-old Preston Beadman and killing Oden. Beadman sustained moderate injuries during the incident. Authorities described it as drug trafficking gone wrong.
A witness at the scene told police that before they opened fire, Copeland said something like “they are going to learn not to disturb me”. Apparently, Copeland opened fire on the vehicle as it started to pull away.
KAMC News reports that the jury only took about 20 minutes to deliberate on their verdict on Friday, May 21, starting at 11:03 am and ending at 11:22 am Sentencing deliberations took a little longer , starting at 1:52 p.m. and ending just after 3:00 p.m. At the time of his guilty verdict, Copeland faced a minimum of 15 years and a maximum of 99 years in prison.
Copeland will not see the possibility of parole until he has served 30 years.