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Cleveland County jury convicts man in accidental shooting death

A Cleveland County jury deliberated about four hours Tuesday before finding an Oklahoma City man guilty of first-degree manslaughter in the shooting death of an Oklahoma City woman.
by Jane Glenn Cannon Modified: June 18, 2013 at 10:04 pm •  Published: June 19, 2013

A Cleveland County jury deliberated about four hours Tuesday before convicting an Oklahoma City man of first-degree manslaughter.

Cole Dean Hopper, 21, was found guilty of recklessly handling a firearm and accidentally shooting Kelsey Bransby, 19, on Oct. 27, 2011, at Bransby's apartment at 3040 SW 89. Bransby died the next day of a gunshot wound to her face.

Jurors recommended that Hopper serve nine years in prison for his role in Bransby's death. District Judge Tracy Schumacher set sentencing for 1:30 p.m. June 28.

Bransby's roommate, Danielle Cooley, testified in the trial that she was in the room when Bransby was shot but that she didn't actually see it happen. She said Hopper and Bransby had been “playing around” when she heard a gun go off. When she looked, Bransby had been shot.

Cooley said she and Hopper “panicked” and fled the apartment without calling 911. She said that she and Bransby had been doing drugs before the shooting.

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by Jane Glenn Cannon
Reporter-Norman Coordinator
A native of Oklahoma, Jane Glenn Cannon is an award-winning reporter who has covered everything from crime, courts and government to entertainment and features. She wrote a popular personal column for many years. She is a former associate writer...
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