published Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

Homicide charge against woman accused of shooting husband bound to grand jury

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    This house at the intersection of 13th Avenue and East 31st Street was the scene of a homicide late Wednesday. Regina Copeland Roshell, 32, has been charged in the shooting death of her husband, 31-year-old Demetrius D. Roshell.
    Photo by Jenna Walker /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

A local attorney waived his client's right to a preliminary hearing Monday, sending the homicide charge against her to the grand jury for a possible indictment.

Police on Sept. 8 charged Regina R. Copeland Roshell, 32, with shooting her husband, Demetrius D. Roshell, with a .357-caliber Magnum revolver, according to court documents.

Copeland Roshell's attorney, Lee Davis, released this statement about the charge against his client:

"We represent Regina Copeland in this tragic situation. Ms. Copeland is fully cooperating with the Chattanooga Police Department. During the incident that caused her husband's unfortunate death, Ms. Copeland was the victim of a domestic assault. This is documented by independent witnesses who saw and heard the incident. She attempted to withdraw and seek the safety of her home. Ms. Copeland called 911 and asked for help."

Copeland Roshell told police that the shooting was accidental.

Investigators reported that an argument between the couple started while Copeland Roshell was sitting in a vehicle outside the 3020 13th Ave. home.

Roshell pulled her out of the vehicle and into the house.

Copeland Roshell went to the bedroom for the gun and ordered her husband out of the house when she fired, according to court documents.

She remains in Silverdale Corrections Detention Facility on a $30,000 bond.

Compiled by staff writer Todd South at or 423-757-6347.

about Todd South...

Todd South covers courts, poverty, technology, military and veterans for the Times Free Press. He has worked at the paper since 2008 and previously covered crime and safety in Southeast Tennessee and North Georgia. Todd’s hometown is Dodge City, Kan. He served five years in the U.S. Marine Corps and deployed to Iraq before returning to school for his journalism degree from the University of Georgia. Todd previously worked at the Anniston (Ala.) Star. Contact ...

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