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Man Arraigned in Shooting Deaths of Two Ardmore Men


ARDMORE, OK -- An Ardmore man, charged with the murder of two men shot and killed back in May, was arraigned in a Carter County courtroom on Monday.

30-year old Craig Stanford is charged with two counts of first degree murder.

The charges were filed by District Attorney Craig Ladd on Friday.

Back in May, questions surrounded the murder of two Ardmore men, killed in their own home.

As investigators continued to search for a suspect, family members grieved for their loss.

"You never think that something like this will happen to your family, think again, because I never ever thought something like this would happen," said Cissy Sexton, mother of Aaron Lavers, who spoke to KTEN a few months back.

Police say on May 17th, 28-year olds Aaron Lavers and Anthony Rogers were shot and killed inside their home in the 100 block of A Street Northwest.

On Monday, 30 year old Craig Stanford was arraigned in a Carter County Courtroom, charged with their murders.

"I’m pleased with the Ardmore Police Department for putting together a thorough investigation that put us in a position to seek justice on behalf of the victims in the case; we met with the victim’s family on Friday and explained what was coming," said Carter County District, Craig Ladd.

Prosecutors say Stanford was arrested just days after the murders, on burglary charges, and is still in the Carter County jail.

They say he had electronics and other items that had been stolen from the men's home, but at the time investigators couldn't confirm if he was connected to their deaths, until now.

"It would be nice if we could solve all murders within 48 hours, like they do on television, but sometimes it's more complicated and every case is a little bit different, and once the investigation was complete in this case, it just took a little bit longer, but the reports were submitted, and we believe there's sufficient evidence to file the charges," said Ladd.

Stanford has been charged with two counts of first degree murder, a judge denied his request for bond.

If convicted, Stanford could face anywhere from life in prison to the death penalty.

His preliminary hearing is set for October 27th at 9 am.