Delaware County murder suspect will remain behind bars

Cy Alley remains in custody since his arrest and charge in August.

DELAWARE COUNTY, Ind. – A judge has denied bail for a Delaware County man accused of murdering his neighbor. Cy Alley has remained in custody since being arrested and charged in August with killing Gary Copley.

The judge’s decision came hours after the bail review hearing on Thursday morning. Patty Haisley, the victim’s sister, sent a ‘thank goodness’ message when she learned that Alley would continue to be held without bail.

“All the hurt and pain that we’ve been through because of this, no one should have to go through this,” Haisley said.

Members of Copley’s family attended the morning hearing. Her granddaughters wore sweatshirts with her name on the back and the words “until then, give heaven a hell” on the front. The family tell 13News that Copley was a father of two and left behind five grandchildren.

“Gary had a heart of gold,” his sister said. “He would give you the shirt he had on his back, he loved everyone.”

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Haisley says she was at work when her sister called to tell her that Gary had been shot and killed. Police say a person walking around reported seeing Alley shoot Gary several times outside his home on County Road 500 North.

“I kept saying, ‘No, no…that didn’t happen,'” Haisley said. “Then to come out and see the farmhouse you grew up on with your grandparents, all wrapped up in yellow duct tape with cops, it was like, ‘That just can’t be true. It’s like a movie.

However, the family wants Gary to be remembered not for how he died, but for how he lived. Reporting that he was carrying and even tried to help his suspected killer at one point.

“Gary even took him, I was told, on the 4th of July and fed him,” Haisley said. “He even checked to see if (Alley) was okay.”

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The family said they were not aware of any conflict between the two. Court documents show officers reported Alley said he was having trouble with his electricity and “assumed the victim was hacking into his network”. Deputies wrote in court papers that Alley told them he went to Copley’s house to confront him and shot him.

13Investigators learned that Alley was deemed unsafe in February. Under the state’s red flag law, he should not have been in possession of a firearm. Deputies even took guns from his house; these were not used in the crime. It’s unclear how Alley got his hands on the gun, the county attorney says he knows how but won’t release that information.

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