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Crews load moving van at Cooper house

Posted November 13, 2008

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— A moving van was parked outside the Cary home of a man accused of killing his wife four months ago, but it was unclear whether the house was being sold.

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

A Marrins' M-o-o-ving crew loaded a 26-foot van with tables, sofas, armchairs and a flat-screen television Thursday man. A man who identified himself as the owner of the moving company said the furnishings were going into storage.

Workers said someone inside the house was directing them what to take and what to leave behind.

Wake County District Judge Debra Sasser issued an order Monday that prohibits Brad Cooper from selling any of his possessions or liquidating any of his assets. A hearing on the temporary restraining order is scheduled for Nov. 21.

Nancy Cooper's parents, Garry and Donna Rentz, have said they believe 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 Rentzes' attorney, Alice Stubbs, said Brad Cooper has agreed to turn over his daughters' clothes and toys to his in-laws, who have temporary custody of the Coopers' two girls.

Brad Cooper, who is being held without bond in the Wake County Jail, also can keep the furniture in the home, according to Stubbs. All of the other contents of the house must remain intact until the courts settle the questions of child support and who is entitled to what in Nancy Cooper's estate.

If Brad Cooper were to sell the house, the proceeds would remain in escrow until those questions are decided.

When asked about the moving van, one of Brad Cooper's attorneys, Howard Kurtz, said, "It's not something I'm prepared to talk about right now."

Also Thursday, Capitol Broadcasting Co., the parent of WRAL, and The News & Observer filed a motion in support of unsealing the order granting Nancy Cooper's family temporary custody of her daughters.

Brad Cooper has requested that the order remain sealed, contending details of the agreement could prejudice his pending criminal case.

The media companies argued that court orders are public records and that there are less restrictive ways to ensure Brad Cooper receives a fair trial.

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  • valleyGirl Nov 13, 2008

    crime does not pay.

  • Dr. Dataclerk Nov 13, 2008

    Brad Cooper - Continue to trust in the Lord and He will see you through this difficult time. May God/Lord be with you and your family. May the truth come out in your trial. Keep the faith and continue to hold on to God's unchanging hands.

  • keeptraveling Nov 13, 2008

    Why do people keep asking "who cares?" about this story? Do they just come on here and post and not read any of the other posts? Isn't it clear from the NUMBER of posts that someone cares? Maybe they should post "I don't care!" instead of "Who cares?"

  • chickentender63 Nov 13, 2008

    "Twinkle Toes- Cisco can not fire Brad for being brought up on murder charges- he is still employed by them and with all the lawsuits going around today they will have to be very careful when they do let him go as far as the reason goes. I can think of a good one though- failure to perform job responsibilities."

    But, isn't NC an "at will" state? Meaning they can terminate anyone, at anytime with no reason? They shouldn't have to keep him on the payroll if he is sitting in jail and seems as though he will be there awhile. Don't know for sure, just curious.

  • grayboomerang Nov 13, 2008

    Dear Lord WRAL, what..do you have the house under 24 hours survelience....who cares?

  • bnice1984 Nov 13, 2008

    this case is just a mess

  • BigUNCFan Nov 13, 2008

    Why in the heck is this news?

  • Common Sense Man Nov 13, 2008

    "If they do decide to prosecute this case in this county, and BC is convicted, it's almost an automatic ground for appeal based on a prejudiced jury pool."

    Almost automatic huh? You get that from a talking head on TV or just decided that on your own? Here's a news flash, not everyone is into the news. Not everyone posts on GOLO all day. Just because someone has heard of the case doesn't mean that they can't be jurors and it doesn't mean that a conviction will be overturned.

  • keeptraveling Nov 13, 2008

    This article has significance, though there are those of you who purport it to be as significant as a dog going in the yard.

    If you have been following the case you want to know what is going on!

  • keeptraveling Nov 13, 2008

    DeathRow... you bet there are those of us who would watch it! But, right now, they are pulling up bags of what they suspect are body parts of little Caylee Anthony and that takes precedence.

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