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Judge orders Brad Cooper not to sell possessions

Posted November 11, 2008

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— A Wake County District Court judge has granted a temporary restraining order that prohibits Brad Cooper from selling any of his possessions or liquidating any of his assets.

Cooper, 35, is charged with first-degree murder in the July 12 slaying of his wife, Nancy Cooper, whose body was found in an undeveloped subdivision approximately three miles from the couple's Cary home.

Judge Debra Sasser granted the order Monday afternoon in response to a motion filed by Alice Stubbs, an attorney for Nancy Cooper's parents, Garry and Donna Rentz.

Neither Stubbs nor Brad Cooper's attorney, Deborah Sandlin, could be reached for comment Tuesday afternoon.

The matter will be heard in court Nov. 21.

In their motion for the restraining order, the Rentzes claim they have information to believe that Brad Cooper has instructed his family on how to dispose of and liquidate his assets and property, including jewelry, artwork, retirement accounts and bank accounts.

The motion also claims Brad Cooper is still receiving income from his employer, Cisco Systems Inc., and asks that he be required to pay child support to them, and pay for the children's medical and dental expenses.

Cisco Systems confirmed Tuesday evening that Brad Cooper is still an employee and says the company is currently reviewing his employee status in light of the pending criminal charges against him.

Last month, Sasser granted temporary custody of the Coopers' two children to their mother's family. The conditions of the order have not been made public.

Earlier this month, Brad Cooper's attorneys filed a motion to keep the order sealed, saying making it public would prejudice potential jurors in his criminal case.

Stubbs has filed a motion asking Sasser to deny the request.

Brad Cooper, meanwhile, is being held in the Wake County jail without bond.

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  • PTA mom Nov 12, 2008

    It's really a shame when all of the Brad supporters can't just trust our judicial and law enforcement systems to know their jobs. It is NONE OF OUR BUSINESS to know why Brad was charged and held in jail without bond but you can bet your last dollar that if he was being held without good reason his attorneys would be crying foul all over the media. The evidence they have will come out during the trial and then we can all decide if it truly was right to charge him with NC's nurder. In the meantime let's try using the Golden Rule with ALL posters on here regardless of their opinion- treat others as you yourself would like to be treated please.

  • Common Sense Man Nov 12, 2008

    "this man has been punished more by out of country folks than I've ever seen anyone even before he's been to trial."

    Does anyone even know what that means?

  • Common Sense Man Nov 12, 2008

    Ladyblue, it's obvious that they are after revenge. I would do the same if I thought someone killed my daughter. What does Canada have to do with how the children are raised? Unless there are reports that they are being abused or evidence of something else then they don't need a "court appointed person looking in on the child."

  • ladyblue Nov 12, 2008

    this man has been punished more by out of country folks than I've ever seen anyone even before he's been to trial. I think that her parents are taking revenge and going after the throat of this man. How do we know what kind of treatment those children are receiving in Canada? Did they sign a court appointed person to look in on the child to see how it's being treated in Canada? I'm asking--- does anyone really know the living standards of these people or did they just recently move to Canada from the area? This judge has granted them every little whim they have had. The man needs to have a decent defense before being hung out to dry.

  • beachboater Nov 12, 2008

    "A Wake County District Court judge has granted a temporary restraining order that prohibits Brad Cooper from selling any of his possessions or liquidating any of his assets"

    Key word here is HIS assets. The parents fought for the kids and won, so let them take the responsibility for raising them.

  • chaigirl Nov 12, 2008

    While I personally think it likely that Mr. Cooper killed his wife, I also think it's very important that he be given a fair trial and allowed to defend himself to the best of his ability.

  • tiblet Nov 12, 2008

    why is Cisco still paying him when he cannot possibly work since he's in JAIL.

  • Common Sense Man Nov 12, 2008

    *yawn

  • not today2008 Nov 12, 2008

    I guess a lot of us are unreasonable then, because I do not know a single person that believes he is guilty or not guilty. We do not know enough evidence, and well we all know what happens when we assume, now don't we. Looks like you are full of assume.

  • Common Sense Man Nov 12, 2008

    "Cookie,

    Are you even in NC, if you saw this on GMA, my guess is not, and while you may be a lawyer or paralegal in another state, our laws here may be something you are not familiar with, sounds that way to me."

    Everything I posted about the laws is correct. Show me where I'm wrong.

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