Trial Begins for Man Accused of Capital Murder in San Marcos Police Officer’s Death

SAN MARCOS, Texas – Jury selection is set to begin today in Hays County for the trial of a man charged with capital murder in the death of a San Marcos police officer in 2017.

Stewart Mettz, 57, is accused of fatally shooting Officer Ken Copeland on December 4, 2017.

According to reports, on that day, San Marcos police officers went to Mettz’s residence to serve a warrant on charges of assault and injury to an elderly person. When officers knocked on his door, Mettz allegedly opened fire, striking Copeland twice. The officer was rushed to the hospital but succumbed to his injuries.

Mettz was indicted by a Hays County grand jury in February 2018 on charges of capital murder, injury to an elderly person, and retaliation. It is yet to be determined if the death penalty will be sought in this case.

The trial is expected to shed light on the events of that fateful day and provide justice for the loss of Officer Copeland. The outcome of the trial will depend on the evidence presented and the decisions made by the jury.

The community continues to mourn the loss of Officer Copeland and remembers his dedication to protecting and serving the city of San Marcos. The trial will be a significant moment for the law enforcement community and the city as they hope to find closure and justice in this devastating case.

As the trial progresses, updates will be provided on the proceedings and any important developments that may arise. The trial is expected to be closely followed by both local and national media outlets, highlighting the significance of the case.

The trial of Stewart Mettz, charged with capital murder in the death of San Marcos police officer Ken Copeland, begins today in Hays County. The jury selection process will mark the beginning of a legal journey that seeks justice for the fallen officer and closure for the community.