Murder conspiracy case continued, pending husband's guilty plea

ALAMOSA — A pending murder conspiracy case is on hold — and may be dismissed entirely — against Shannon Cooper, 35, who was implicated with other members of the Cooper family in the death of Floyd Dale McBride, 52, nearly a year ago on June 23, 2016.

Last week attorneys for Shannon’s husband Lonnie Cooper, 43, suspected of shooting McBride, informed the court he would probably be entering a guilty plea that would include stipulations for reduced or dismissed charges against his wife Shannon and sons Brian and Devin.

Shannon Cooper, who remains in custody, appeared before District Judge Michael Gonzales on Wednesday for a status hearing on this and other cases. Her attorney David Lipka and Assistant District Attorney Ashley McCuaig asked for Shannon Cooper’s case to be continued until after her husband is expected to enter his plea, July 19. They told the judge that they expected a global disposition that would include Shannon Cooper’s case.

Last week Lonnie Cooper’s attorney Tina Tussay indicated Shannon Cooper’s case would be dismissed as part of her husband’s proposed plea to second-degree murder for McBride’s death. Shannon Cooper had been charged with conspiracy to commit first-degree assault and conspiracy to commit first-degree kidnapping.

Judge Gonzales scheduled Shannon Cooper’s case for July 20.

Several other codefendants have also been charged in relation to McBride’s murder, with some of their cases still pending before the court. However, Lonnie Cooper is the only one suspected of actually pulling the trigger. McBride bled to death after the shooting, which is believed to have been in retaliation for McBride’s stabbing of Brian Cooper in the leg earlier that day.

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