Louisiana State Police Investigating West Carroll Parish Homicide

Published: 04-24-2023 | Category: Troop F

Oak Grove – On Monday, April 24, 2023, at approximately 7:30 a.m., detectives assigned to the Louisiana State Police Bureau of Investigations Monroe Field Office (LSP MFO) were requested by the West Carroll Parish Sheriff’s Office (WCPSO) to investigate a homicide that occurred at 134 Bran Road.  The deceased victim is identified as 61-year-old William Dewayne Copeland.  

The initial investigation revealed that deputies responded to the residence of William Copeland and his wife, 56-year-old Frances Gilley Copeland, after she placed a call to the WCPSO asking for assistance.  Upon the deputies’ arrival, they discovered William Copeland fatally shot inside the house.   

Based on the findings of the investigation and information obtained, Frances Copeland was placed under arrest and booked into the River Bend Detention Center for second degree murder and obstruction of justice.      

LSP MFO will serve as the lead investigating agency, with WCPSO assisting LSP detectives.  The investigation remains active and ongoing.  No further information is available at this time. 

Contact Information:
M/T Javier Leija
Louisiana State Police
Public Affairs Section
Office: (318) 345-2810