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Cooper search warrants will stay sealed until September

Posted August 18, 2008

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— A judge on Monday ordered three search warrants to stay sealed until Sept. 2 in the ongoing murder investigation into the death of Nancy Cooper.

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.

Prosecutors filed a motion Friday asking that the documents, which were supposed to be released this month, be temporarily kept from public view, saying that making the information public could hurt the case.

Wake County Assistant District Attorney Amy Fitzhugh said Monday that they felt the same way as they did July 31, when there was an initial hearing on whether the documents should be unsealed.

Amanda Martin, an attorney representing Capitol Broadcasting Co. – the parent company of WRAL News – and The News & Observer Publishing Co., said it was the state's burden to prove why the integrity of the investigation could not be protected any other way.

Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Donald Stephens said he needs to balance all interests in the case and that his view has not changed on the matter.

One of documents allowed police to search the home and vehicles of Nancy Cooper and her husband, Brad Cooper, as well as to obtain DNA samples from Brad Cooper. That warrant originally was sealed for 30 days and had been expected to be released Monday.

Another warrant was for Brad Cooper's office at Cisco Systems in Research Triangle Park. The third was for an undisclosed location.

Authorities have said they do not believe Nancy 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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  • anastasia Aug 19, 2008

    Well, he lived there, so it would make sense that his DNA was there.
    wa4mjf

    Yes, he lived there, and his DNA would be found there, but this DNA was mixed with *her* blood. Very different from plain old DNA being present in a house. If his DNA is found with her fresh blood, he had to be present at or after her death to leave that DNA.

  • RonnieR Aug 18, 2008

    Well, he lived there, so it would make sense that his DNA
    was there.

  • anastasia Aug 18, 2008

    Just look at all the info gleaned from the Young search warrants released today. If there is a reason they need to be kept under wraps until more investigation is done, then so be it. Although I am wondering why Jason Young hasn't been arrested yet? Finding his DNA at the scene of the murder is pretty strong evidence. I wonder what more they hope to find before making an arrest?

  • Journey985 Aug 18, 2008

    I am confused, Cary Police state this is not a randome killing? Then why is it I am supposed to feel good about my girlfriend jogging in Cary parks if there has been no suspect named? Make the warrants public or give us a reason besides "it could hurt the case"

  • blueridgerunner Aug 18, 2008

    Why does the public need to know the contents of the search warrants? How will making the search warrants public solve the crime? My guess is WRAL and news outlets only want to garner readership. Thanks again WRAL for going the extra mile to furnish us with more useless information.

  • speedy Aug 18, 2008

    Check your own poll WRAL, there's some news we DON'T want.

  • canes06 Aug 18, 2008

    I hate the suspense. Please lets read it!

  • I guess I will just type this Aug 18, 2008

    I'm kinda ignorant on this subject, and I was just wondering at what point (if any before a trial) are they required to release this information into public record?
    I know the police need to be able to do their job, but at what point does this secrecy end? When they make an arrest in the case?
    It's starting to seem like "for the people, by the people" has turned into "for the convenience of the government" in all areas; local, state, and federal.