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Date set for death-penalty decision by Cooper prosecutors

Posted October 30, 2008
Updated October 31, 2008

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— Brad Cooper will learn on Dec. 5 whether Wake County prosecutors will seek the death penalty if he is convicted of killing his wife.

A Superior Court judge signed an order Thursday afternoon setting the date for what is called a Rule 24 hearing. That is the time that prosecutors tell the court whether they will seek the death penalty, First Assistant District Attorney Howard Cummings said.

A grand jury on Monday indicted Cooper, 35, for first-degree murder more than three months after his wife's body was found in an undeveloped subdivision three miles from the Coopers' Cary home. A state medical examiner's autopsy found she had likely been strangled.

First-degree murder is punishable by either the death penalty or life in prison without parole. Prosecutors must serve notice if they are going to ask for the death penalty.

Cooper told police Nancy Cooper went jogging around 7 a.m. on July 12 and never returned home. Through his attorneys, he has denied being involved with her slaying, but has admitted to police that he and his wife were having marital difficulties.

Claiming Cooper was emotionally abusive to his wife in the months prior to her death; Nancy Cooper's family filed for and was granted temporary custody of the Coopers' two young daughters.

Cooper remained Thursday evening in the Wake County Jail without bond.

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  • Deb1003 Oct 31, 2008

    I'm thinking this trial will be held outside of the Triangle area. There is no way BC will get a trial by a jury of his peers that hasn't formed some opinion of his guilt or innocence. If it is held in Wake County, that is almost an immediate/automatic ground for appeal if he's convicted. The media isn't helping this trial one bit by providing a "blow-by-blow" account. JMO

  • Dr. Dataclerk Oct 31, 2008

    Is it guilty till proven innocent or innocent till proven guilty!!

    I believe it is innocent untill proven guilty.

  • pthom032 Oct 31, 2008

    Is it guilty till proven innocent or innocent till proven guilty!!

  • Dr. Dataclerk Oct 31, 2008

    Yes, God says to forgive but I believe taking another human life is unforgiveable. And I believe God agrees.

    Really. Be very careful how you try to quote the bible. God sent his son, Jesus who died on the cross for ALL our sins. He forgives us all the time. Why is it so hard for all human beings to forgive each other? If you cannot, then God/Jesus would not be please.

  • Dr. Dataclerk Oct 31, 2008

    Dr. Dataclerk: Agree life in prison but his bank account should help his keep
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    Sure about that. The judge had to appoint him an attorney because he said he did not have the money to obtain an attorney.

  • JaredsMom Oct 31, 2008

    For the last time...just my beliefs!

  • AC Man Oct 31, 2008

    JaredsMom: Who are you to put words in God's mouth? I'm reading out of the WORD.

  • JaredsMom Oct 31, 2008

    its_me_grasshopper: Don't tell me what I live by IF I think I'm a Christian. I KNOW I'm a Christian. As I said, just my beliefs. Let me see if you argue the death penalty if this was your mother, daughter or sister. I hope you never have to find out.

  • its_me_grasshopper Oct 31, 2008

    Eye for an eye was Old Testiment.....I guess that means you don't eat pork and don't believe Jesus is the Messiah? If you are Christian, you live by the New Testiment. If not then that's another topic!

  • AC Man Oct 31, 2008

    Dr. Dataclerk: Agree life in prison but his bank account should help his keep

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