The public may never know exactly what happened in that little downtown Columbus tavern on the morning of Feb. 16, defense attorney Steve Wallace said.
But a 12-person Lowndes County jury composed of eight men and four women found Daniel Paul Copple guilty Thursday of murdering Mark Caudill and James Bennett Mann II on that morning inside the Elbow Room Lounge. Jurors received the case about 11:45 a.m. Thursday morning and returned with the verdict about 1:30 that afternoon.
Daniel Paul Copple said he does not remember much from the morning of Feb. 16, but he does remember being in the Elbow Room Lounge, entering a fight with Mark Caudill who had a gun and at least one gunshot going off.
The family of a local man “caught in the crossfire” in a deadly downtown bar shooting remembered him as a loving fiancé and son in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Bond was set at $3 million for a California man charged with two counts of murder in a shooting at the Elbow Room Lounge in downtown Columbus early Wednesday.
The second victim of a deadly downtown shooting died Wednesday at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle after suffering at least three gunshot wounds.