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Brad Cooper seeks return of 'privileged material'

Posted February 22, 2010

— A Cary man charged with killing his wife has filed two motions asking authorities to return some materials seized from his home and his computer.

Brad Cooper, 36, is charged with first-degree murder in the July 2008 death of his wife, Nancy Cooper. His trial is set for Oct. 25.

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 three miles from the Coopers’ Lochmere home.

An autopsy determined that she had likely been strangled.

Motions filed Feb. 11 ask that "privileged material," including communications with a divorce lawyer, that Cary police removed from his home in July 2008 be returned. The motions also seek the return of e-mails between Cooper and his attorneys that were on a computer police seized at the time of his October 2008 arrest.

A third motion asks that prosecutors turn over all evidence in the case, including the dental records used to identify Nancy Cooper's body and details of times and dates that prosecutors and Cary police met to discuss the case.


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  • Jeff_W Feb 22, 2010

    Don't be so quick to jump on the "quick-and-speedy" trial issue. It is very often a DEFENSE tactic to delay the trial as long as possible. If the defense wanted to immediately try this case, believe me, it would have already gone to trial. The DA is not just holding this case open for fun. Just because you have a "right to a speedy trial" does not always mean you want to exercise that right. The delay may very well be by defense intent rather than a travesty of justice.

  • IzzMad2016 Feb 22, 2010

    "So buckeye, you'd be cool with the government accusing you of a crime and taking away your children for an indefinite period of time?"

    I don't know if the man is guilty or not. I think if a spouse is found murdered and no one besides the surviving spouse had any reason to commit the crime, then one has no choice but to await their day in court. His children were with him much of the time until he was arrested...he either hasn't been able to raise bail or he wasn't given any bail...his situation is what it is and his children being cared for in his absence should be what comes first.

  • hp277 Feb 22, 2010

    It will be more than 2 years in jail by the time October 2010 gets here. 2 years awaiting trial is just plain wrong. What if he is found not guilty - how does he get that time back with his kids? What about his lost income and ruined reputation? What if that were you sitting in jail, with your kids awarded to people who live in another country?

    This is outrageous.

  • kenshi Feb 22, 2010

    Less than 2 years, closer to a year and a half. It hasn't been a miscarriage of justice hp277, it may be he is guilty... ever think of that?

  • NCStatePack Feb 22, 2010

    So buckeye, you'd be cool with the government accusing you of a crime and taking away your children for an indefinite period of time?

  • Whatweretheythinking Feb 22, 2010

    I don't believe he has been in prison for two years...

  • pbjbeach Feb 22, 2010

    I personaly do not or care if this man is innocent or guilty but what ever happen to the constitutional rights to a speedy trial in my opinion two years awaiting trial is what i would call a speedy trial thank you

  • IzzMad2016 Feb 22, 2010

    Oh please.....tore his kids from his arms? A little overly dramatic, don't you think? Maybe he's guilty, maybe he isn't..that's for a jury to decide...until his guilt or innocence is determined I think his kids are better off with the aunt and grandparents. Better to err on the side of caution when such young ones are involved, I think.

  • hp277 Feb 22, 2010

    2 years in jail with no trial and no access to his kids - now that's a crime. This has been a terrible miscarriage of justice ever since the police tore his kids from his arms.