Former Hardin student accused of shooting mother’s boyfriend
A former Hardin high school football player is facing murder charges. He is accused of shooting his mother’s boyfriend after an argument last week.
According to authorities, Isaiah Jacob Kopeski, 18, was outside his home on CR 2607 in the Trinity River Lake subdivision in mid-county working on the starter of his truck when he was confronted by 46-year-old Carl Dee Lueck.
Liberty County Sheriff’s Lead Investigator Darrell Elliott said Kopeski told him that Lueck came out of the house yelling and charging him. Investigators say Lueck was unarmed.
The teen allegedy told the investigator that at that point he grabbed his 20-gauge sawed-off shotgun and pointed it at Lueck.
Lueck allegedly yelled at Kopeski taunting him saying, “You don’t have the guts to pull the trigger…” at which point, Kopeski fired one shot striking Lueck in the upper left chest.
His mother, who was inside, heard the shot and called 911 at approximately 7:58 p.m. Wednesday, according to authorities.
Elliott said the domestic conflict has been on-going and escalated,. Kopeski told the investigator he was planning on moving his pickup truck from his residence to the home of his grandparents to try and de-escalate the situation at home when the incident occurred.
When deputies arrived, Lueck was found deceased at the scene.
Justice of the Peace Pct. 3 Judge Cody Parrish conducted the inquest and ordered Lueck’s body transported to Jefferson County morgue for autopsy.
Kopeski was taken into custody at the scene and placed in the Liberty County jail on a charge of Murder and Possession of a Prohibited weapon as per the illegal 15-inch length of the sawed-off shot gun.
Kopeski played middle linebacker for the Hornets last season and was listed as a junior.
His bond was set at $1 million for the murder charge and $20,000 for the prohibited weapon. Kopeski was arrested on Dec. 12, 2018 for a minor in possession of a tobacco product charge and was out on a $500 bond.
The investigation is still ongoing.