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Affidavits from deputies filed in Cooper custody case

Posted September 30, 2008

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— Attorneys for Brad Cooper filed affidavits Monday in which four Wake County sheriff's deputies detail the afternoon they went to serve an emergency custody order for his two young daughters.

Brad Cooper is in the middle of a custody battle with the family of his slain wife, Nancy Cooper, for the temporary custody of the children.

Garry and Donna Rentz and Nancy Cooper's sister, Krista Lister, filed for custody in July, claiming Brad Cooper is emotionally unstable and poses a threat to the children.

In Monday's affidavits, Dep. K. Girardin, Sgt. Robert B. Clark III, Dep. Alvis Speight and Dep. Christopher Trice say the children, Bella, 4, and Katie 2, were hysterical, crying, screaming and frightened on July 16 when deputies went 16 to Bullwinkle's family restaurant in Raleigh to remove the children from Brad Cooper's custody.

"Brad was very cooperative when we took the girls from him, and he did exactly what we asked him to do," one of the deputies stated.

The statements echo what Brad Cooper states in a July 23 affidavit in which he says the action was uncalled for.

"Bella and Katie would not have gone through that trauma if the plaintiffs had simply come to get the girls themselves," he states. "They could have handled it without causing a scene, and I could have provided better for the girls' needs and given them clothes, their favorite toys and their medicines."

Attorneys for Nancy Cooper's family responded Tuesday morning with a statement, which said, in part, that the family "is grateful for the outstanding job" deputies did in carrying out the order.

"We are thankful that Sheriff (Donnie) Harrison had the resources to accomplish this task."

Calls to Brad Cooper's attorneys at Kurtz & Blum law firm in Raleigh were not immediately returned.

Wake County District Attorney Colon Willoughby said it is not unusual for law enforcement officers to be drawn into custody cases.

"The thing that's unusual about this case is there is an unsolved homicide and that raises everyone's sensitivity," he said.

Harrison said the deputies gave the affidavits to comply with a request to relate what happened that day. They are not supporting one side or the other, he said.

"They're doing what they think is the right thing to do, and if the other side had asked us to do the same thing, we would have done exactly the same thing," Harrison said.

Nancy Cooper, 34, was reported missing July 12 when she failed to meet up with a friend as planned. Two days later, authorities recovered her body, wearing little clothing, in an undeveloped subdivision less than three miles from her home.

An autopsy report released Monday found she was strangled in "homicidal violence." The report also states there was no other trauma to the body other than a faint mark on her neck and a bone fracture in the same area.

Police have not named a suspect or any persons of interest in her death. Although he has not been charged or named a person of interest, Brad Cooper, through his attorneys, has denied being involved in his wife's death.

Brad Cooper is scheduled to give a deposition to attorneys for his wife's parents on Thursday. They are scheduled to give depositions to his attorneys next week. A hearing on temporary custody is scheduled for Oct. 16.

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  • RKAB Oct 1, 2008

    "And don't say they're "bitter" because they're exes.

    Why not??? If it happens to be IMHO,,,,why not???? Just b/c you would not accuse an ex, does not mean one of Brad's exs would have the same position as you." onlymy2cents

    I am Brad's ex that's being referred to in these comments (from Websleuths). I am not bitter and do not like the insinuation that I am only posting what I have because I am bitter. My beliefs are formed from previous knowledge of a person. That's all I will say on here but I am not bitter. I am, however, grateful that I was able to leave a situation. And that's all I wanted to say :-)

  • tiblet Oct 1, 2008

    "I believe OJ was covering for his eldest son. I believe his eldest son killed Nicole, enraged at what he assumed she was doing to his father."

    you have GOT to be kidding me! LOL

  • nyyankeesfan Sep 30, 2008

    Or at least to set a time convenient to all parties so that the children did not have to accompany people who were strangers to them.

    What grandparent would do that?

    Rev RB, sure does sound like you are judging people that you don't even know. Correct me if I am wrong, but is this allowed within your religion?

  • nyyankeesfan Sep 30, 2008

    "the grandparents must be an amazingly cruel and vindictive set of people with a near total disregard for these children if they didn't have the time in their daily schedule to at the very least accompany these deputies to gather up these children"

    hmmm... how about LE ordered the grandparents to stay away. Perhaps a public setting, in the experience of the police, was the best setting for this happen. Jumping on the grandparents really is senseless as they are allowed their opinion, however our court system is the one that made the ultimate decision.

  • Adelinthe Sep 30, 2008

    onlymy2cents - "Sorry Rev RB for calling you Rev. BB. I need glasses."

    No problem. I don't really care what people call me, as long as they don't call me late for dinner.

    lol lol lol

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • Sweet Butterfly Kisses Sep 30, 2008

    SOOO..I Have Enter'd...into A Bunch Of "BICKERING"..
    Here, I See...

    Amazing, Just How Sensless, Some of These Post Are,,IMO?. NO FACT.

    SADLY, The Issues at Hand are Brad's Children..AND The Unsolved
    Murder, Of Nancy..

    I HOPE the Girl's are Home, SOON...NOT to Mention---
    HIGH HOPES That There Will Be Closure for The Cooper Family..
    SOON!

  • onlymy2cents Sep 30, 2008

    Sorry Rev RB for calling you Rev. BB. I need glasses.

  • onlymy2cents Sep 30, 2008

    RevBB-"And as useless as they may seem to some, spending time praying is better than spending time spreading idle gossip or devising speculative scenarios with little to no evidence."

    Now that is a very powerful statement. Well said. Thank you Rev BB.

  • Adelinthe Sep 30, 2008

    ifc - "...the grandparents must be an amazingly cruel and vindictive set of people with a near total disregard for these children if they didn't have the time in their daily schedule to at the very least accompany these deputies to gather up these children."

    That's what I was saying.

    Or at least to set a time convenient to all parties so that the children did not have to accompany people who were strangers to them.

    What grandparent would do that?

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • Adelinthe Sep 30, 2008

    nyyankeesfan - "If god ever answered any of your prayers then this would not be happening. So continue to hide behind your prayers as they are obviously working for all involved."

    Prayers, whether mine or that of others, have worked in more situations than can be counted.

    And as useless as they may seem to some, spending time praying is better than spending time spreading idle gossip or devising speculative scenarios with little to no evidence.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

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