Teen accused in elderly woman's death appears in court
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- The teenager accused of shooting and killing an elderly woman when she wouldn't hand over her purse, faced a judge on Tuesday.
His cousin was in court to apologize to the victim's family on her family's behalf.
The 18-year-old woman was the only family member who showed up in the courtroom to show support for her older cousin, who's now charged with murder.
She said it was important that 19-year-old William Copeland see a familiar face in court.
Police said on Saturday night, Copeland went up to 71-year-old Dixie Jones, who was out for a walk near H Street and Monroe, and demanded her purse. But when she refused to give it up, they said he shot her.
Jones later died at the hospital, but was able to give police a statement before she died from her injuries.
Outside the courtroom on Tuesday, the suspect's cousin said her thoughts are with the victim's family.
"I give my condolences to the family, and if there's anything the family could do to help, we would be glad to help," said Shejonna Gant, suspect's cousin.
"His family is probably hurting just as bad as I am in a different way. But they will be able to communicate with him. I probably will never forgive him, you know, and I just try not to think about it," said Scott Chaney, victim's brother.
Copeland faces murder and robbery charges.
His preliminary hearing has been set for Nov. 4.
A 16-year-old was also arrested in this case for allegedly driving the getaway vehicle.