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DA asks for Cooper warrants to stay sealed

Posted August 15, 2008
Updated August 18, 2008

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— Wake County's district attorney filed a motion Friday afternoon asking that three search warrants stay sealed for an additional 30 days in the ongoing police investigation of a slain Cary woman.

The motion comes a day before a July 16 warrant for the home and vehicles of Nancy Cooper was to be made public.

Cooper, 34, was found dead in an undeveloped subdivision just outside Cary’s town limit on July 14, two days after a friend reported her missing when she failed to show up for a meeting.

District Attorney Colon Willoughby has asked that no part of the warrants be released, saying that keeping the information private now is crucial to the investigation.

Last month, Senior Resident Wake County Superior Court Judge Donald Stephens ordered the documents sealed for 30 days. Earlier Friday, he extended the order for the July 16 warrant until Monday because of a scheduling conflict.

Last month, Capitol Broadcasting Co., the parent company of WRAL News, and The News & Observer Publishing Co. filed a motion for the three warrants in the case to be released.

A hearing is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Monday on the issue of the warrants being sealed.

The two other warrants, which are scheduled to be released this month, are for the office of Cooper's husband, Brad Cooper, at Cisco Systems in Research Triangle Park and another for an undisclosed location.

Authorities have said they do not believe Cooper's slaying was a random crime, but they have not named a suspect or person of interest in the case. They've said little else about the case since then.


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  • PearlMonteverde Aug 15, 2008

    Wasn't it JFK that said secrecy is repugnant with our system, so open as it is! Our criminal justice system is much like the MAFIA!!

  • Wheelman Aug 15, 2008

    The law on this and rulings by NC Supreme Court is not about keeping the documents sealed to help the police. It is supposed to be for the purpose of protecting the rights of an accused to a fair trial. These documents are a part of public record. WRAL and The N&O lawyers have rightfully argued that there is no accused or person of interest to protect. The government and it's members do not have rights. They have rules and obligations to the public. People and the private insitutions they comprise have rights. The judge should unseal them.

  • jaredg Aug 15, 2008

    i still can't believe an arrest hasn't been made and yet CPD says this is not a random incident

  • pebbles262004 Aug 15, 2008

    No News on it until the killer is arrested, that's just my opinion!!!!!!!!!

  • b4self Aug 15, 2008

    I will also read whatever is printed , but at same time am glad to wait untill investigation is over,if pd needs more time , the main thing is to arrest the right person.

  • North Wake Dad Aug 15, 2008

    I tell you, I'm torn on this one because I'm very curious to see what the warrants have to say. At the same time, I hope they don't release the whole shooting match - i.e., the autopsy report. But yes, I for one'll probably read whatever they publish.

  • Space Mountain Aug 15, 2008

    I bet you that you all will read and watch the story about the warrant when it is unsealed. If you don't like it, don't watch the news or read the story. Noone is forcing you.

  • whocares Aug 15, 2008

    The media just want readers and listeners for their prospective media coverage. They obviously do not care about whether or not the peson who did this comes to justice. If it helps the police catch the person who did this, I hope that the warrants remain sealed.

  • gpcherokee Aug 15, 2008

    They should keep the warrants, autopsies, and 911 calls sealed on ALL cases. The media turns everything upside down anyway.

  • garnertoy Aug 15, 2008

    i agree they should not even put out anything wral just want you to watch on monday