LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) - A grand jury has indicted 30-year-old Chance Copeland for the June 3 murder of Cassie Oden.
Copeland, who was charged with kidnapping, beating and stabbing a man in 2018 was arrested on June 5 in connection with murder and attempted murder after the fatal shooting of 37-year-old Cassie Oden. Preston Beadman, 24, was also injured in the shooting.
Police reported Oden was killed after being shot in the 400 block of Martin Luther King Boulevard around 11:55 p.m.
According to the arrest warrant for Copeland, Oden was in the parking lot of the LOL’s Gameroom in a Jeep with 24-year-old Preston Beadman, another female and another male when a white Cadillac pulled up beside them.
A statement from a witness says a female got out of the Jeep and into the Cadillac. Copeland pointed a gun at her and asked about “the dope.” The girl said she thought she was there to get some money, but Copeland told her to call someone else. She got out of the Cadillac to get her phone from the Jeep, and he told everyone to get out of the Cadillac.
The surveillance video from the game room shows the white Cadillac pull up beside the red Jeep. A female got out of the Jeep briefly and gets back inside when a black male walked to the passenger side of the Jeep. A white male, suspected of being Copeland, walked around to the passenger side of the vehicle. The Jeep began to leave and the white male pulled a gun from his waistband and began shooting at the Jeep as it moves away from him. The Jeep “lightly hit” one of the male subjects as it pulls away.
The warrant says the two men who were in the Jeep ran from the scene.
The female drove to a residence and reported Oden had been shot, was bleeding and unresponsive. The warrant says she was pronounced dead in the vehicle.
Beadman was also shot, but taken to a hospital via private vehicle and suffered moderate injuries. He has since been released from the hospital.
Detectives with LPD’s Metropolitan Special Crimes Unit were able to eye Copeland as the suspect in Oden’s death and arrested him around 2:15 a.m. Wednesday in the Stonehallow Apartments in the 1500 block of East Cornell Street.
Copeland’s bond has been set at $750,000. He is currently jailed in the Lubbock County Detention Center.
In a separate case, Chance Copeland has been charged with beating and stabbing a kidnapping victim. On Feb. 6, 2018. the victim was found at a 7-11 at 34th and Memphis. He told police he ran for his life to the convenience store from his home in the 3400 block of Nashville.
The victim told police he was punched multiple times, hit with a lamp and stabbed in the foot with a knife. The officer noted the victim had severe trauma to his face and head. He told police Copeland made him take off his boot and he threw the knife into the victim's foot. The officer's notes said the knife appeared to have gone all the way through his foot.
He was arrested on Feb. 23, 2018 and was released on March 22 after posting a $10,000 bond. The case for the aggravated kidnapping is ongoing.