After hours of listening and watching presented testimony, including just under 3-hours of police interviews with 29-year-old Craig Anderson concerning the Jan. 8 shooting and wounding of 17-year-old Britney Fraley, Carter County jurors returned to the courtroom late Friday afternoon and handed down two convictions. The jury found Anderson guilty of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and recommended District Judge Dennis Morris sentence him to life in prison. They also returned a guilty verdict on the charge of felonious possession of a firearm after former conviction and  recommended Anderson be sentenced to an additional 12 years.
Anderson shot the teenager about 8:30 p.m. outside a residence, converted into apartments, located in the 1100 block of B Street NW. He was subsequently arrested by Ardmore police. At the time investigators said Anderson’s motive appeared to be fueled by romantic discord.
The victim was taken to an Oklahoma City medical facility, where she was treated and later released. Anderson was booked into the county jail, where he had been detained on a $250,000 bond pending  trial.
District Attorney Craig Ladd said he was, “extremely grateful” for the jury’s verdicts and recommended punishments. He described the verdicts as “supported by the violent nature of the defendant’s crime and his criminal history.” The DA added, “In order to make Ardmore a safer place, violent offenders, especially those with a record of violence, need to receive severe punishment.”
Ladd  lauded Ardmore Police Department, “… for their exceptional work on the case, in particular Sgt. Brice Woolly and Cpl. Phil Shephard, (both APD Criminal Investigations Division).” Ladd also noted the efforts of First Assistant District Attorney Heather Cooper and Assistant District Attorney Jack Coppedge, “… for their outstanding prosecution of the case,” adding “… between the two of them, it was their fifth jury trial of the week.”
Anderson was returned to the Carter County Detention Center after hearing the jury’s verdicts and sentence recommendation. He will return to Morris’ courtroom Sept. 14 for formal sentencing.