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Witnesses describe slaying scene

The trial related to a local killing in 2014 continued Wednesday in Comanche County District Court.

The trial of Victor J. Copeland, 28, of Lawton, opened on Tuesday morning and resumed around 10 a.m. Wednesday in the courtroom of District Judge Scott Meaders.

Copeland is charged with shooting with intent to kill, conspiracy to commit second-degree murder, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, accessory after the fact to second-degree murder and possession of a firearm after a prior felony conviction, court records indicate.

His charges stem from the Sept. 18, 2014, shooting of Robert Anderson at 7008 NW Kingsbury. Neighbors on the block heard shots fired around 1 a.m., then saw two men, Robert and Allen Anderson, collapsed in the street, according to an affidavit filed in Comanche County District Court.

Robert Anderson survived, but his brother, Allen Anderson, succumbed to the gunshot injuries. Copeland is charged with conspiracy and as an accessory in Allen Anderson's death, but no one has been charged with the killing itself.

Tuesday's trial brought up the question of whether Copeland acted in aggression for the purpose of self-defense; during opening statements, Assistant District Attorney Kyle Cabelka claimed the case is not about self-defense, while defense attorney John Zelbst said Copeland was scared of Robert Anderson, who was higher ranking than Copeland in a gang. 

Wednesday resumed with testimonies from six witnesses ranging from neighbors to police officers  and one key witness, 24-year-old Elizabeth Womack, who was at the house during the time of the shooting.

While on the stand, Womack admitted to Zelbst that she told a mixture of truth and lies during her first interview with authorities after the shooting. She said she lied because she was fearful of Copeland and afraid of being accused of a crime she did not commit. She also told the jury she is no longer "playing games."

"It's been three years. I have a child. I have been living this (since it happened)," she said.

As Zelbst compared Womack's previous two interviews with the testimony she gave Wednesday in court, he proceeded to ask Womack to reveal the truth. After a couple hours of cross-examination, Zelbst summarized Womack's most recent account of the night of Sept. 18, 2014, for the jury.

On the morning before the shooting, 21-year-old Womack was hanging out at her mother's house on NW Kingsbury with Copeland, a couple friends and juvenile family members.

Later in the day, Robert Anderson  Womack's ex-boyfriend and Copeland's "big homie"  showed up at the house to buy some marijuana, Womack said.

Before Anderson left the house, he assaulted Womack, who fought back, only to be assaulted by Anderson once more. 

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