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2 are charged in shooting death of Oklahoma City woman

Danielle Marie Cooley
Danielle Marie Cooley

Two people were charged Thursday in Cleveland County District Court in the death of an Oklahoma City woman who was shot in the face last year.

Cole Dean Hopper, 20, and Danielle Marie Cooley, 19, were arrested May 30 in the Oct. 27 shooting death of Kelsey Bransby, 19.

Hopper is charged with second-degree murder, and Cooley is charged with an accessory count, according to court documents.

Police said Bransby was found with a gunshot wound to the face at an apartment at 3040 SW 89 and died at a hospital. The state medical examiner said the gunshot wound killed her.

Investigators said Cooley, in the days following the shooting, denied being at the apartment at the time Bransby was shot.

According to a probable cause affidavit, Cooley told police they left Bransby alone in the apartment and went to an Oklahoma City hotel to spend the night.

When Cooley was arrested May 30, she initially denied knowledge of Bransby's death, the affidavit states, but later admitted she was in the apartment with Hopper when the shooting occurred.

Cooley said she was watching TV in the living room and wasn't paying attention to Hopper or Bransby. She told police they were “playing around” when she heard one gunshot. After the gunshot, she heard Hopper scream Bransby's name.

Cooley told officers they panicked and fled the scene without calling 911.

Investigators said Cooley admitted she was on drugs at the time of Bransby's death. She said Hopper was worried about going to prison because he had been involved in a gun offense. Cooley said they kept the secret to themselves.

Police said Cooley told them she thinks the shooting was an accident and she doesn't know what happened to the gun or shell casing.

Hopper continued to deny he was at the apartment when he was arrested. He asked police “what his options are,” according to the affidavit.

Hopper and Cooley were being held Thursday in the Cleveland County jail with bail set at $2 million for each.

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Cole Dean Hopper

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