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Brad Cooper's attorneys file for change of venue

Posted August 26, 2010
Updated August 27, 2010

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— Attorneys for a Cary man charged with killing his wife more than two years ago asked a judge Thursday for a change of venue, citing extensive media coverage of the case.

Brad Cooper is charged with first-degree murder in the July 2008 death of his wife, Nancy Cooper. His trial is set to begin Oct. 25.

Cooper's attorneys filed a 23-page motion, citing reporting by WRAL News and the Raleigh News & Observer, asserting that their client could not get a fair trial in Wake County.

According to the motion, "extensive pre-trial publicity" might give jurors "preconceived impressions" of the case. Cooper's attorneys called the coverage of his case "inflammatory" and "prejudiced" regarding his potential guilt.

Brad Cooper told investigators that his wife went jogging on the morning of July 12, 2008, and never returned home.

A man walking his dog two days later found the 34-year-old mother-of-two's body in an undeveloped subdivision less than 3 miles from the Coopers’ Lochmere home.

An autopsy determined that she had likely been strangled.

During the criminal investigation, Nancy Cooper's family filed for, and won, custody of the couple's two daughters.

Nancy Cooper's family testified during the civil proceedings that her husband was involved in her slaying. In custody filings, they claimed he was an unfit parent who was mentally unstable and was emotionally abusive to his wife in the months prior to her death.


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  • tootiefrootie Aug 26, 2010

    +++It better be pretty dang ironclad, or he's gonna own Wake County.

    My guess is a lot of speculation. If it was so ironclad this man would have been hung a year ago. Two years sitting in jail away from his kids and a witness who saw her jogging that morning, but thrown out by some bureaucrat. Whoa and behold she was doing her thing too. So she had an STD according to WTVD which WRAL never reported.

    If Wake County has solid evidence then lets see it. I hope it's not based upon speculation from the friends and family of Nancy. What a soap opera!

    I'm not convinced Mr. Cooper killed his wife, I never was and will remain objective about this case until the evidence to convict is shown.

    If the man is innocent, he should be reunited with his girls immediately.

    Respectively sitting on the fence,


  • southernincary Aug 26, 2010

    I jog and I constantly worry about who or what is lurking... look at the case in Chapel Hill where the men thwarted the would-be kidnapping of the woman jogging. This really could be the case here. She was having marital issues - was she cheating? There are so many variables that we really don't know here. He may have killed her. She may have pushed him to the limit (certainly not deserved it) but we all reach a breaking point at some point. The only way you could convince me at this point is if they found her body with two left shoes on... otherwise, take it at face value - she went jogging and didn't come back. The victim isn't always completely innocent.

  • kaydeecat Aug 26, 2010

    soccermomof2guys: everyone is entitled to an opinion....

  • Ladybug Aug 26, 2010

    Where do they think they can move it that there wasn't media coverage? Look at the Laurean case, changing it to Wayne Co. from Onslow Co didn't change the verdict, which, by the way only took three hours. I'm sure tis made NATIONAL coverage.....

    This would not be brought to trial unless the prosecutor had enough evidence to find him guilty.

  • hp277 Aug 26, 2010

    He is innocent until proven guilty.

    Nothing that has been in the press has been enough to prove his guilt. There's been a lot of innuendo and a lot of accusations, but the actual proof has been this at best.

    I can't wait to see the proof that has kept him in jail away from his kids for 2 years. It better be pretty dang ironclad, or he's gonna own Wake County.

  • reeceeyarnell Aug 26, 2010

    So what, specifically, was publicized by the media, that won't eventually be presented as evidence? Whether the media reports it or they hear it in court, the evidence will lead the jurors to the right conclusion. I wonder if there are specific bits of evidence that the defense can have thrown out? If not, then change of venue is pointless because the news gets their information from the police and prosecutors. As for being inflammatory, any murder should inflame the average human with a conscience. Anything reported in the news is likely going to show up in court for all to hear or see. It's a complete waste of time and tax dollars to move the trial. If he's guilty/innocent in Wake County, then he will be likewise in any other county.

  • howdiditgettothis Aug 26, 2010

    soccermom seems very defensive. were you the one having an affair with him?

    how would you feel if she was your sister or neighbor?

    this guy is about as innocent as peterson or laurean were.

    haven't you lived in wake county long enough to know that they will arrest and prosecute when they have enough evidence to get a guilty verdict in a high profile case like this.

    i for one hate that my taxes go to pay for room and board for scumbags like him.

  • soccermomof2guys Aug 26, 2010

    kbow80: unless you have some sort of psychic ability you don't know whether he did it or not. I am sure you've heard the phrase "innocent until proven guilty". Just wait until you are in a similar situation to comprehend. I'm sure you;lkl say you would never be in a situation like this but AI'll bet $ that Brad Cooper thought the same thing! Unless you have something worthwhile please keep your media influenced opinion to yourself!

  • chauncey7381 Aug 26, 2010

    I don't remember WRAL reporting about this....


  • monkeyboy Aug 26, 2010

    'According to the motion, "extensive pre-trial publicity" might give jurors "preconceived impressions" of the case.'

    obviously. the knee-jerk, man-hating screechers posting here had him guilty before the woman's body was even found. thoughtful folks like kbow80 over there...