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NC appeals court to hear Brad Cooper case next month

Posted March 19, 2013

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— The North Carolina Court of Appeals has scheduled oral arguments for April 9 in the case of a Cary man serving life in prison for killing his wife.

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Brad Cooper, 39, was found guilty in May 2011 of first-degree murder in the July 2008 death of 34-year-old Nancy Cooper, whose body was found in a drainage ditch in a cul-de-sac of an undeveloped subdivision near their Cary home.

The appeal for a new trial focuses on two rulings that a Wake County Superior Court judge made regarding testimony during the trial. Investigators found evidence on a laptop computer of a Google Maps search the day before Nancy Cooper disappeared of the location where her body was later found.

Defense attorneys wanted to call two witnesses to support their claim that the computer had been hacked and that the information about the map search had been planted onto the machine. The judge ruled that neither witness could testify.

A third ruling by the judge denied defense attorneys access to FBI procedures regarding forensic computer examinations.

The North Carolina Attorney General's Office said in a brief last month that the trial court did not abuse its discretion when it came to the three rulings and that any error was "harmless" because of an "overwhelming" amount of circumstantial evidence in the case.

The trial was one of the longest non-capital murder trials in Wake County history, lasting 36 days.

Witnesses testified that the Coopers, who moved to Cary from Canada, were in the process of separating and that Nancy Cooper wanted to move back to Canada with their two young children but that her husband had become controlling of the family finances and, at one point, had taken one of the children's passports to keep her from leaving with them.

Defense attorneys argued that Nancy Cooper went jogging on the morning of her death and never returned home. They claimed that Cary police's work on the case was "inept" and that investigators never pursued other leads because they were concerned that a random murder in Cary would be harmful to the town's reputation.


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  • Trolling Wolf Mar 20, 2013

    Jurors stated after the trial that the Google search is what convinced them he was guilty. That is why the DA fought tooth & nail to not allow the defense to use their "Techie" witnesses. As an IT Manager, I find it absolutely appalling that the jury was not allowed to hear their testimony as it would have ripped to shreds the Prosecutions case. Brad Cooper did not Google the location...plain and simple. It was planted after the fact. And that is where an investigation is needed.

  • hp277 Mar 20, 2013

    The idea that Cooper was smart enough to fake a phone call alibi (which the prosecution couldn't prove) but dumb enough to not erase his internet search history (on the laptop Cary Police failed to secure) is crazy.

    The trial had a ton of innuendo & accusations, but was way short on proof, and Cooper was never allowed to challenge the "evidence" that turned the jury - the Google search. Cooper deserves a new day in court - with a new judge.

  • Vincent Vega Mar 20, 2013

    One of the all time shams I have ever witnessed was this trial. I hope he gets his day in court (a fair one)

  • OneLove Mar 20, 2013

    Brad Cooper is locked up and Casey Anthony is free. That's all I have to say about our justice system.

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  • jhk0704 Mar 20, 2013

    All i know is that allowing Cops to destroy evidence "accidentally" and still allow a man to be convicted is a slippery slope and opens a very scary door. Wether he did it or not i dont know

  • canucmypointofview Mar 20, 2013

    Totally agree dirkdiggler

  • dollibug Mar 20, 2013

    ***This sham of a trial is a perfect example of why you NEVER want to be before a DA and jury, whether you are innocent or not. It's why innocent people sometimes take plea deals.

    This is why there are SO MANY INNOCENT PEOPLE IN PRISONS ALSO....for crimes that they did NOT DO....NO ONE should EVER take a plea deal for a crime that they are NOT GUILTY OF....period. IT SHOULD BE AGAINST THE LAW***

  • dollibug Mar 20, 2013

    *****No, one only needs common sense to know these things. The same common sense you'd want law enforcement using should you ever end up in the unfortunate position of primary suspect in a crime you didn't commit.

    Training and communication is *lacking* in a lot of government run agencies* and yet it seesm like NO ONE DOES ANYTHING ABOUT IT.

  • dollibug Mar 20, 2013

    This is a *PRIME EXAMPLE OF CORRUPTION AND COVER UP* Those in charge of making sure *evidence is secure* actually destroyed what might have been/should have been/could have been PROOF that BRAD COOPER had nothing to do with this crime. And I bet these people who are *responsible for doing this* still have the job that they were suppose to be doing at the time of this investigation-even though they made a horrible mistake and possibly caused Brad Cooper's conviction. It was even acknowledged what a *fine job was done* at the end of the trial. REALLY????????????? The way the investigation was handled, with evidence being destroyed was accepted as being OK...REALLY?????????? Wonder just what else was done during this investigation which was perhaps overlooked? It is sad that such as this is allowed in what is supposed to be AMERICAN JUSTICE.