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New details revealed in Nancy Cooper murder case

Posted March 4, 2011
Updated March 7, 2011

— As jury selection continues in the first-degree murder trial of a Cary man accused of killing his wife, homicide investigators are still looking at what could be key evidence in the case, a search warrant released Friday suggests.

Brad Cooper, 37, is set to go to trial next week in the July 2008 death of his wife, Nancy Cooper, 34.

Cary police returned an Oct. 19, 2010, search warrant Friday to Wake County Superior Court for a Samsung Blackjack cell phone that belonged to Brad Cooper while he worked as an IT engineer deploying Voice over Internet Protocol (VOIP) systems for Cisco Systems.

VOIP essentially allows users to make telephone calls on a computer network.

Brad Cooper told investigators that he received a call from his wife on the date that she disappeared, according to an affidavit that was included with the warrant, and that cell phone records indicate that he did receive a call from the couple’s home phone.

But investigators suggest that because of his expertise in VOIP, he might have made the call himself.

Brad Cooper's attorneys post surveillance video on Web site Police search Cooper's cell phone

“Brad Cooper’s cellular telephone had Internet capabilities, and therefore, his cellular telephone had the technological capabilities to generate a telephone call from a remote location to his cellular telephone,” the affidavit states.

Brad Cooper's attorney, Howard Kurtz, said Friday that police found no evidence that his client “spoofed” the call.

According to court documents and the deposition Brad Cooper gave when his slain wife’s parents challenged him for custody of the couple’s two children, he said he made two trips to a Harris Teeter several minutes from the couple’s home on the morning of July 12.

The first trip was around 6:15 a.m. to buy milk. When he returned home, he left a few minutes later to buy laundry detergent, he has said. While driving on the second trip to the store, he has said, Nancy Cooper called him to ask him also to pick up some juice.

Around 7 a.m., according to court documents, Brad Cooper said his wife went jogging.

Around noon that day, a friend called 911, concerned that something might have happened to Nancy Cooper. That set off a massive search that ended two days later when a man walking his dog found her body in a drain ditch in an undeveloped subdivision approximately three miles from the Cooper home.

According to medical examiners, Nancy Cooper was likely strangled.

Brad Cooper was arrested Oct. 27, 2008, in the case and is now awaiting trial. Opening statements could begin as early as Tuesday, but attorneys are still looking for jurors.

By Friday afternoon, nine had been seated.


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  • Bendal1 Mar 7, 2011

    I want to know why WRAL and other local media outlets continue disclosing information on this case when the jury is still being selected. The defense has already unsuccessfully argued for a change of venue, citing the massive media coverage. Should they lose, every single article like this one will be used in the appeal, with the claim of jury contamination from the media.

  • Alexia.1 Mar 7, 2011

    If a call was originated from a home phone, AT&T could tell them. As I understand it, they are saying that he somehow originated the call remotely using VoIP. He could not artificially insert call records into AT&T's network. So, if he used VoIP to originate a call that perhaps was placed to his home phone and then forwarded to his mobile phone, AT&T would have those records: there would be an incoming call and an outgoing call. In any case, AT&T would know that a call is forwarded. I doubt VoIP was used -- it makes no sense, since that can be easily determined.

    Did he use software on a computer to originate a normal phone call at a specific time? I could do that when I was a kid in high school. That requires no VoIP expertise or telephony expertise, for that matter.

    Can you say "grasping at straws"?

  • thescarletpimpernel Mar 7, 2011

    Why didn't the Cary PD return a search warrant for that phone two years ago? Why in October 2010? Did they just throw Brad Cooper in jail in hopes he would crack up and admit something possibly never did.

    It is interesting that Brad Cooper made two trips to the store and he is seen on the videos looking at his phone.

    Where were they children during this time and why did the oldest daughter tell a neighbor she saw her mommy that morning dressed to jog?

    Defense says CPD found no evidence that Brad Cooper rigged a call.

    So what else do they have?

  • superman Mar 7, 2011

    He went to the store for milk and then returned home and then he went back to buy detergent! I smoke and I wouldnt even consider making a special trip to the store at 6:00 am and then going right back for something else. And she called him to pick up juice! It would never happen at my house. We would do without whatever we didnt have until after work and I pick it up on the way home.

  • anastasia Mar 7, 2011

    I don't think they are suggesting the call came from his wife's phone. I believe their theory is the call came from the home phone/landline in an attempt to prove Nancy was still alive after 6:30 a.m.

  • Alexia.1 Mar 7, 2011

    “Brad Cooper’s cellular telephone had Internet capabilities, and therefore, his cellular telephone had the technological capabilities to generate a telephone call from a remote location to his cellular telephone,” the affidavit states.

    Good grief. Even if he generated calls remotely, AT&T could tell the police definitively whether it was his wife's phone that originate the call or not. The police know that. Why do they even suggest this nonsense?

  • pebbles262004 Mar 7, 2011

    who know's maybe she was going with this friend's husband ..or the friend was just jealous of her for some reason, just something not right...can't put my finger on it..again jmo

  • Blues Man Z Mar 7, 2011

    I like to hear all sides of the story before I make judgement...and that hasn't happened yet.

  • RM24 Mar 7, 2011

    I just keep asking why did the CARY Police Dept. intentionally erase her BB files? What was on it they did not want the defense attorneys to see? You cant accidentally do that. And if the one in a million accident was made by erasing it then WHY DID THEY NOT IMMEDIATELY go to the service provider to get the messages/info while it was still held as a back up? This case smells of a witch hunt from that point forward.

  • pebbles262004 Mar 7, 2011

    I just don't believe that he killed her. I know that there are alot of people that does think he did...everyone is in titled to there on...it just does not add up..and now there saying the dr's where testing her for a std...and a friend reported her missing so soon...did the friend control her, what was the deal on that. Just alot of unanswered questiong...she was having an affair according to the media...I just don't think Brad was the only one that was upset with her for some reason.