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Court upholds murder conviction for man who shot teen to death during attempted robbery

SHAWNEE, Okla. – An Oklahoma court has upheld the murder conviction and life sentence for a man convicted in the shooting death of a teenager.

In 2015, Shawnee police arrested 25-year-old Aaron Bradford for the death of 17-year-old Karter Alderman.

Investigators say Bradford went to a home in Shawnee and attempted to force his way inside the house. When the people inside the house refused to let him in, officials say Bradford fired a shot through the door.

The bullet ended up hitting Alderman in the head. He later died at an Oklahoma City hospital.

“Never really got in trouble and unfortunately, I think it was just the wrong place at the wrong time type of deal,” Karter’s uncle, Michael Hayes, told News 4 in 2015.

Officials say Alderman didn't live at the home, but was visiting with friends at the house when the shooting occurred.

“He was just a happy kid, a good kid and everybody loved him. [He] had a great smile, it was a great atmosphere when he was around,” Hayes said.

Bradford was later convicted of first-degree murder and was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Recently, Bradford appealed the conviction.

However, the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals upheld the conviction, according to the Associated Press.