Copeland Enters Insanity Plea

March 26, 1992|By Jay Apperson | Jay Apperson,Staff writer

Arthur Donald Copeland, the Pasadena man charged with shooting his wife in a crowded parking lot at Marley Station mall, yesterday pleaded not criminally responsible by reason of insanity.

Also yesterday, a Circuit Court judge denied a prosecutor's request that Copeland's$100,000 bond be revoked. A friend posted bond for Copeland shortly after the 57-year-old man's January arrest on charges of assault withintent to murder, but Copeland's attorney said the man will remain institutionalized until his trial.

Frederick M. Paone, an assistant state's attorney, sought to havethe bond revoked because Copeland, as of last week, is a voluntary patient at the Crownsville Hospital Center, a mental hospital. Copeland had been admitted to the Taylor Manor Hospital Center in Ellicott City shortly after his arrest and had been transferred March 14 to Crownsville on an involuntary commitment.

In asking that the bond be revoked, Paone said Copeland's wife fears for her life and that Copeland has expressed intentions of moving to the Caribbean to "start over."

Police have said Mary Maxine Copeland went to the shopping mall on Jan. 17 -- her 59th birthday -- and was walking to her car in the lot near the entrance of Hecht's department store shortly before 6 p.m. when her husband approached her and said, "I have a birthday present for you."

Copeland, of the 1200 block of Rock Hill Road, allegedly began pistol-whipping his wife's face and then shot her in the side.

Murnane said the woman had unexpectedly become involved in her husband's attempt to commit suicide, "She became ensnarled in a psychotic episode," Murnane said, adding as Copeland turned his gun on himself after shooting his wife but the weapon jammed.

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