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Brad Cooper wants slain wife's friends to back up their claims

Posted September 11, 2008
Updated September 12, 2008

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— The husband of a slain Cary mother wants her friends to turn over any evidence they have to back up their claims that he was emotionally abusive and controlling in the months prior to her death.

Brad Cooper's attorneys have subpoenaed more than a dozen of Nancy Cooper's friends and acquaintances to hand over e-mails, text messages, letters, telephone records and other correspondence and evidence to prove statements they made in affidavits on behalf of Nancy Cooper's parents and twin sister, who are seeking custody of the couple's two young daughters.

In July, a judge granted emergency custody to Nancy Cooper's family after they filed a petition claiming Brad Cooper is an unfit father. Nancy Cooper's friends charged that Brad Cooper was an absent father who is also mentally unstable, withheld money from his wife and had up to four extramarital affairs.

Attorneys are also asking for any evidence related to the Coopers' marriage, including whether Nancy Cooper had a sexual or romantic relationship with anyone other than her husband.

Cary police have released little information about Nancy Cooper's slaying, but they say it was not random violence.

According to court documents filed in July, Nancy Cooper's friend, Jessica Adam, reported her missing July 12 after she failed to show up to help Adam paint her house. Brad Cooper told authorities his wife went jogging and never returned.

Two days later, a man walking his dog found her body, wearing little clothing, in an undeveloped subdivision outside Cary's town limit – less than three miles from the Coopers' home.

In the latest court filings, Brad Cooper also asks Adam to turn over any evidence that prompted her to call police to report his wife missing as well as any evidence that caused her to make statements to a 911 operator that Brad Cooper might have harmed his wife.

Cary police have not called Brad Cooper a suspect in his wife's death, and his attorneys have repeatedly said he has been cooperative with investigators in all aspects of the case.

In addition to seeking evidence about the Coopers, the subpoenas ask Adam and her husband to provide evidence of extramarital affairs in their own marriage.

Adam had no comment Thursday afternoon, but her lawyer filed motions on her behalf and on the behalf of other friends of Nancy Coopers objecting to the subpoenas, saying the requests are irrelevant, unreasonable, oppressive and create "an undue burden."

Alice Stubbs, an attorney representing Nancy Cooper's family in the custody case, also declined to comment.

Brad Cooper's attorney, Howard Kurtz, said the subpoenas are asking valid questions in good faith.

"We are not on a fishing expedition," Kurtz said. "It's very important information, and certainly, these are things we need to flesh out."

Kurtz would not say why he wants information regarding any extramarital affairs in the Adams' marriage, but said: "I think that is a very valid question that I fully expect will be made clearer somewhere down the road."

Brad Cooper and his wife's family reached a temporary custody arrangement that keeps the two children with Nancy Cooper's family until next month. A hearing on the matter is scheduled the week of Oct. 13.

The family wants Brad Cooper to undergo a mental evaluation before then. A hearing to determine that is scheduled for the week of Sept. 29.

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  • tootiefrootie Sep 12, 2008

    "What is so irrelevant about a request for documented information that would lead one to state opinon as truth? Not only is this relevant, it is a reasonable request. Furthermore, how can her friends claim that this is oppressive and an undue burden when her children's future could rely on the truth of their statements. They should have some evidence to back up their statements.

    These friends don't have any evidence, their affidavits are hearsay, opinion and lies, nothing more. This is their "attorney speak" which translates to "we can't prove our claims." Brad Cooper has refuted several of their lies with records, documents, pictures etc. LE still has not made an arrest in this case, which IMO, indicates there is no credible evidence to arrest Brad Cooper for murder.

    CPD needs to get a search warrant for all the friends computers and see if any of them queried "How to dispose of a body"

  • atozca Sep 12, 2008

    "Adam had no comment Thursday afternoon, but her lawyer filed motions on her behalf and on the behalf of other friends of Nancy Coopers objecting to the subpoenas, saying the requests are irrelevant, unreasonable, oppressive and create 'an undue burden.'"

    What is so irrelevant about a request for documented information that would lead one to state opinon as truth? Not only is this relevant, it is a reasonable request. Furthermore, how can her friends claim that this is oppressive and an undue burden when her children's future could rely on the truth of their statements. They should have some evidence to back up their statements.... I know I would if I was concerned about a friend in an abusive marriage.

  • jreesnc Sep 12, 2008

    This is where the press’ excessive attention to the case has appeared to cause harm to these recently subpoenaed people. It seems to me the only reason we know about the neighbors and friends statements is because WRAL an N&O have posted the court documents for all to see. I do not remember any of these people make public statements to the paper or TV. If the only place Adam and other neighbors statements have surfaced are in police statements, then the actions take by Coopers attorneys seem heavy handed.

    Of course, this could also lead to people who might have helpful information on any future cases to clam up. All of sudden needing an attorney to protect oneself simply because they cooperated with police is frightening and EXPENSIVE.

  • WilloWSnapper Sep 12, 2008

    maybe adams killed her, I mean she was the one that reported her missing and apparently adams was haivng an affair as well

  • Adelinthe Sep 12, 2008

    raw - "THEY aren't slandering him in the press. They aren't doing interviews. They aren't trying to get in the public eye. Their lives have all been turned upside down by this. They lost a good friend, most of them fear the man who lives next to them, and it has really been wearing on them all."

    And you think it hasn't been wearing on the family it happened to? Sorry, but the heck with the neighbors. Worry about the kids.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • Adelinthe Sep 12, 2008

    I'd like them to as well.

    Put up or...well you know how that ends.

    Word of mouth and hearsay won't stand up in court.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • rawneus Sep 12, 2008

    This is not a case of "people running their mouth."

    THEY aren't slandering him in the press. They aren't doing interviews. They aren't trying to get in the public eye. Their lives have all been turned upside down by this. They lost a good friend, most of them fear the man who lives next to them, and it has really been wearing on them all.

    All they did was what the police asked them to do: provide their statement on the death of Nancy Cooper. They did that and nothing more.

    All this "put up or shut up" talk is nonsense. It's not their job to put anything up. It is the prosecution's (when the murder case finally goes to trial) job to do that.

    Remember folks, this isn't even a criminal trial. This is for custody. These people have seen first hand how the Cooper family got along. Negative or positive. Do you really think they all decided that the best thing for the children was to be away from their dad just so they could pick on Brad for no reason?

    Think about it.

  • Blues Man Z Sep 12, 2008

    Yes, I too have heard some wild stories about that neighborhood... there is the one about aliens landing their in the summer of 2006 and having affairs with all of the women, there is the one about the monster in the lake near their community and lets not forget the bigfoot sighting back in January.
    Have any bloggers submitted their hollywood scripts yet??

  • TontoKozlowski Sep 12, 2008

    oh there is a lot of swing/alternative lifestyle stuff going on where she lived..I don't know about her specifically, but its a hotbed of that type of activity...

  • therose2005 Sep 12, 2008

    i see a book/movie deal in the making!

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