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Crime/Courts

June 18, 2013

Medical witness says Bransby could not have survived gunshot wound

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NORMAN —

When Hopper was called in for questioning soon after Bransby was shot, he denied being in the apartment when she was shot and told Oklahoma City Detective Tyler Larson that the shooter was probably one of the many people Bransby had stolen drugs from, according to a video recording of the interview played in court Monday. Larson named each contact in Bransby’s phone, and Hopper told him which ones Bransby had stolen from, which totaled to about 20 people.

Larson testified Monday that he followed up with almost all the people Hopper told him Bransby had stolen from, and about a year later, his evidence only pointed back toward Hopper.

When Hopper was brought in for a second interview in May, 2012, Larson and another detective told him they didn’t think he was a “cold-blooded murderer” and he would be better off if he explained to them what happened, according to the video.

“There’s no doubt in my mind that you were there when Kelsey was shot, so this is your opportunity to tell the truth,” Larson told Hopper in the video.

Hopper continued to deny that he was in the apartment when Bransby was shot and finally he told them he wanted a lawyer before they questioned him any further, according to the video.

Hopper’s attorney, David Smith, will begin questioning the defense witnesses at 9:30 a.m. today and the jury will go into deliberation around 1 p.m.

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