KING WILLIAM COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — After a week long trial in King William County, two men have been found guilty for the murder of 8-year-old Orlando Anderson, Jr. At the end of the night on Friday the jury recommended two life sentences plus 49 years for both of the men.
Anderson, Jr., affectionately known as Scrappy, was killed on Jan. 21, 2019 when intruders kicked in the door to his family’s home on Robin Lane and opened fire. A bullet struck him in the head and he later passed away at the hospital.
Two of the suspects, Charles Coleman and Keith Hargrove, were arrested June 19, 2020 after a long investigation.
Coleman and Hargrove went to trial this week for numerous charges including first-degree murder, attempted robbery with a firearm, use of a firearm in the commission of felony and malicious shooting at an occupied dwelling. Hargrove also faced charges for discharging a firearm in an occupied dwelling and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
They have been found guilty of all charges.
Following the verdict, Anderson, Jr.’s mom, Alexis Mines, broke into tears and his entire family clapped.
Many family members arrived at the courthouse on Friday in shirts reading “Justice for Scrappy.”
“I just want to know why,” said Orlando Anderson Jr.’s great aunt Harriet Anderson before the trial. “
“I hope they get what they deserve because an innocent kid was shot.”
His dad, Orlando Anderson Sr. said, “somebody took my son from me.”
Ahead of Coleman and Hargrove’s conviction, Mines said she hoped they will receive life without parole.
Their sentencing is expected to be determined tonight, stay with 8News for updates.