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Court denies move to delay Brad Cooper's murder trial

Posted February 18, 2011

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— The North Carolina Court of Appeals late Thursday denied a request from defense attorneys to delay the trial for a Cary man accused of killing his wife 2½ years ago.

The appeals court, though, still has to consider a claim from Brad Cooper's defense lawyers that they haven't seen all the evidence they need to prepare for his first-degree murder trial in the death of Nancy Cooper.

Jury selection in the high-profile case is slated to begin Feb. 28.

On Wednesday, Cooper's attorneys asked the appeals court to review a ruling on access to evidence that Superior Court Judge Paul Gessner made earlier this month.

The appeals court is waiting to rule on the request for access to evidence until prosecutors respond to the petition. They have until Wednesday to respond.

An attorney not involved in the case described the defense team's petition as a rare and drastic tactical move.

Cooper told investigators that his wife went jogging on the morning of July 12, 2008, and never returned home. Her body was found two days later about 3 miles from the couple’s home. An autopsy determined that she had likely been strangled.


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  • Ugum Feb 21, 2011

    When Brad Cooper is found innocent, he is gonna have a full time job suing all of you.

  • anastasia Feb 18, 2011

    Glad to hear the trial was not delayed yet again. Anyone know if WRAL will also be covering this case live?

  • Feisty Redneck Diva - Cowgirl UP Feb 18, 2011

    Tsk, tsk, tsk mrcrosbys - personal attacks are against WRAL TOS. Besides, one who attacks an individual only does so because they have no FACTS to back up their rhetoric.

  • mrcrosbys Feb 18, 2011

    Feisty Redneck Diva - Cowgirl UP
    February 18, 2011 4:10 p.m.
    I added you to my "ignaor" list. i have little patience for losers

  • mrcrosbys Feb 18, 2011

    mrcrosbys - where do you get he was no where near Cary? He is on video at the HT just a mile from his house that morning.

    that morning is not at the time of the crime. it will allo come out at the trial, I know where he was and he can prove it. I guess if he was in dallas the morning Kennedy got shot, you would use that to accuse him of the Kennedy assasination

  • Feisty Redneck Diva - Cowgirl UP Feb 18, 2011

    How about Greg taylor and 200 other cases they gave false testimoney in. Is that enough. Maybe you should pull your head out of the sand (or wherever it has been stuck) and use knowledge before making comments, it makes you look uneducated"

    200 out of HOW many? What % is that? Also- Greg Taylor, proven. Please provide a link substantiating those 200 other cases.

    And I look uneducated, LOL- you is so brilliant ain't yous macro-JackWagon? SSDD, JAC :-)

  • devilblue Feb 18, 2011

    Guess Wild Cat was with Brad since he/she knows he is innocent. There you have it, case closed-LOL

  • m24s Feb 18, 2011

    mrcrosbys - where do you get he was no where near Cary? He is on video at the HT just a mile from his house that morning.

  • chauncey7381 Feb 18, 2011

    Wonder why the CARY PD discredits the 4 1/2 yr old telling a neighbor she saw her mommy that morning in jogging attire.

    I also wonder why CARY PD discredits two witness reports stating they saw Nancy running and one saw a white van trailing her.

    The CARY PD is working the theory that Brad Cooper somehow rigged the landline to call his phone.

    The SBI recommended that the children give DNA samples, Cary PD did not follow up on that.

    The Cary PD erased the data file in Nancy Coopers Blackberry, incredibly, stunning!

    If I was on the jury I would question Cary PDs competence. Can't wait to see how they prove Brad Cooper rigged the landline to call his phone.

  • imsosorry Feb 18, 2011

    I have to comment on that mrcrosbys, I went to NC schools and my writing is fine. I guess I actually went to learn.