CADDO PARISH, LA (KSLA) -
Carey Foshee Sonnier, the woman who stood next to Sgt. Timothy Prunty as he was gunned down, says she remembers telling the dying man that “we’re going to get through this together. I’m here to the end with you.”
Now that his trial of Prunty’s accused killer is over, Sonnier says that the end has come. “Finally, Tim can rest in peace.”
Christopher Brian Cope was found guilty Tuesday of first-degree murder in the shooting death of Prunty in October 2010. A jury of 10 women and two men deliberated just more than an hour before returning the verdict.
The jury agreed that Prunty was standing outside a Circle K convenience store in southwest Shreveport talking with Sonnier when Cope pulled up, got out of his car and began firing.
Sonnier, who testified during the six-day trial, called KSLA News 12 just two hours after the verdict to ask about the sentencing. She says that she has no access to television where she lives and explains why she has chosen to live that way since she witnessed Prunty’s murder.
“When you’re just a regular person, you’re not used to that. My life, as I knew it, ended that night. I’m a completely different person.