Shingletown Man Found Guilty Of Murder

A Shasta County jury has returned a guilty verdict for a Shingletown man who murdered a woman he had been dating. The body of 50-year-old Anna Louise Coker of Shingletown was found in August of 2018 in a rock crevice west of the Battle Creek Reservoir. The discovery was made by a Cal-Fire crew who had been fighting a nearby vegetation fire. Coker’s body was badly burned, but apparently not by the same fire that brought Cal-Fire to the scene. 50-year-old Frank Alexander Berry had also tried to conceal his guilt by burning Anna’s belongings in a bonfire. He was unsuccessful and drew a lot of attention building the large fire during a state of emergency prompted by the Carr Fire. He was arrested two days later. Berry apparently knew authorities were looking for him because he had disguised himself with a hat, glasses, and fake moustache, and had colored his eyebrows with a felt marker. He was also armed when he was arrested. Anna’s family was in the courtroom throughout the trial. Sentencing is set for May 3rd.