Cope trial delayed for two weeks

Jun 10, 2008 Read more: Lake County Record-Bee 28
The jury trial for disabled former firefighter Wilbur H. Cope was delayed when he entered a not guilty by reason of insanity plea in mid-May, defense attorney Stephen Carter confirmed Monday. Read more
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Since: Jan 09

Hanna City, IL

#21 Jan 17, 2009
Fawk MeRunnin wrote:
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I am sure once he goes to prison and they find out what he did, prison justice will take over from there....
Can you say "sqweeeeel like a piggy"
He may have made one BIG mistake but inside he is the sweetest guy i've ever known. He has a 15 year old niece who has depression know beacause she crys everday. She knows what he did was worng but when people makes comments like that not knowin who he REALLY was makes it worse. She doesnt doubt what he did was beyond wrong but shes horrified by the things people say

“Uzi Does It”

Since: Nov 08

UZILAND

#22 Jan 17, 2009
Vin wrote:
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He pleaded guilty alright...TO A LESSER CHARGE!
The state was WEAK and could not PROVE a HIGHER CHARGE, so you want to blame that on the person who plead to the LESSER CHARGE?
Too bad, criminal process is between the state and the alleged criminal and it appears that the state settled out of court and didn't care what your opinion held.
Vin

United States

#23 Jan 18, 2009
Richard_Head wrote:
<quoted text>The state was WEAK and could not PROVE a HIGHER CHARGE, so you want to blame that on the person who plead to the LESSER CHARGE?
Too bad, criminal process is between the state and the alleged criminal and it appears that the state settled out of court and didn't care what your opinion held.
I was just "Generalizing". I know how the Lake County court system works since i lived there probably longer than anyone from there that posts here, plus my mother was the county's Chief court clerk for some years - i "sat in" on quite a few trials. It bothers me equally how this monster killed my friend Kristin, and how the prosecution settled for the lesser charge of second degree murder. Another friend had called me the next day after the murder in hopes i'd know how to get in touch with her family (she had no family in Clearlake), and i was told some details that never made it to the papers. The details were brought out in trial i'm sure,..at the very least, i'm sure the fact that cope shooting Kristin point blank in the face wasn't "supressed". How is that not a full on "Capital" charge!!?? The murder was certainly pre-meditated. I guess the moral of it all, is that if you live in a certain area and commit a murder, but at one time in your life you put out a few house fires, you have some retroactive credit due to you, so a DA will take it easy on you and give you a lesser plea deal....Unfreakinbelieveable!
Fawk MeRunnin

Puyallup, WA

#24 Jan 18, 2009
babyraquelle wrote:
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He may have made one BIG mistake but inside he is the sweetest guy i've ever known. He has a 15 year old niece who has depression know beacause she crys everday. She knows what he did was worng but when people makes comments like that not knowin who he REALLY was makes it worse. She doesnt doubt what he did was beyond wrong but shes horrified by the things people say
Are you SERIOUS?...I dont care who he "really is", he did the crime now suffer the consequences...

I cant believe you are sticking up for this person...you are trying to convince us he is a nice guy?

So Charlie Manson was a nice guy too (to some), and John Wayne Gacy loved kids, so look what happened to them!

If you are offended by what people are saying on here, then here is a solution, dont get on here!
Knows better

Lakeport, CA

#25 Jan 18, 2009
babyraquelle wrote:
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Her family isnt the only suffering from this.
He has a 15 year old niece who has depression now from it. She crys everyday. They were really close!
Wilbur was an only child and had NO nieces or nephews!!!!! I knew wilbur from the age of 21 and never heard of a niece???????

Since: Jan 09

Lakeport, CA

#26 Jan 20, 2009
Knows better wrote:
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Wilbur was an only child and had NO nieces or nephews!!!!! I knew wilbur from the age of 21 and never heard of a niece???????
Not his REAL niece. He has been her "Uncle" from when she was really little. She knew him from the firehouse
Spirit

Clearlake, CA

#27 Jan 20, 2009
This one is for J Sanders the first posting. I bet you knew him like you know your own son. We know your son did what he is accused of doing but I guess your in such denial that you have overlooked that one. Get off the pill and wine honey and start taking a good look inside your own glass house!
hali

San Francisco, CA

#28 Apr 21, 2013
Vin wrote:
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Another one for the "He had a bad back" defense... Exactly how much pain was he in, on the 1-10 scale, when he shot Kristin point-blank in the face, crashed the car, then got out and pumped a few more times, then proceeded to take out the rest of the block??! Back pain my @ss!! I knew Kristin well, enough to know that Cope had to have been on crank, no way around it. I have no sympathy for this a-hole, and neither should any of you that are his friends - you're backing the wrong horse...
. I' am his only child and Iknow my father better than anyone. He would have never done this if it wasn't for the back pain.. why don't you fall through a floor and see how it feels! He loved Kristin a lot and so did i. Ever since michelle left him for his best friend kristin was the one who made him happy. Please don't talk trash about someone you do not know. My father was a good man and just made a terrible decision in his life. I miss him every day but he is paying the price for his mistake. Not only did she ose her life.. I lost my father and best friend.

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