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Police seek more evidence in Nancy Cooper murder case

Posted June 16, 2009

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— Authorities investigating the July 2008 slaying of a Cary woman found dead in an undeveloped subdivision have obtained a new search warrant to obtain data from a computer belonging to her husband.

In a June 3 search warrant that was returned Monday, Cary police investigators asked to obtain information from a Cisco CompactFlash Card that they believe Brad Cooper used with a computer he bought after police seized other computers at his home shortly after the death of his wife, Nancy Cooper.

Her body was found July 14 in an undeveloped subdivision about three miles from the couple's home. An autopsy found the 34-year-old mother of two she was likely strangled.

Brad Cooper was arrested in October and charged with murder.

Since then, investigators have requested to search numerous other items seized from the couple's home at 104 Wallsburg Court, including cameras and cell phones.

Detectives are looking for evidence of marital discord, financial transactions and instructions associated with ways to commit murder and dispose of a human body, according to search warrant affidavits.

Brad Cooper, 35, is in the Wake County jail, where he is being held under a $2 million bond. Prosecutors have said they will not seek the death penalty in the case.

He has denied any involvement in his wife's death. He has said he last saw her on July 12 before she went jogging. When she did not return, he has said, he went looking for her.


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  • valleyGirl Jun 26, 2009

    If I were the prosecutor for this case or any other, I would want all the evidence I could find, no matter if I thought I had sufficient evidence already or not. You do not know all situations you may encounter at the trial and you usually have only one shot at it (hung jury, retrials), so be as thorough as you can possibly be, gather as much evidence as is discoverable, no matter the timing. Public perceptions do not matter; we may draw conclusions from the timing of this warrant, but it only matters what is presented at the trial.

  • hp277 Jun 16, 2009

    Looks like the Cary PD is still looking for the smoking gun in this case. Their case is entirely circumstantial, with a bunch of hearsay on the side.

    Nancy Cooper's friends and family have done their best to convict Brad Cooper in the minds of potential jurors. It will be interesting to see what evidence the police has that the public has not seen, because what is publicly known is not nearly enough for a conviction.

  • grenlyn1 Jun 16, 2009

    Innocent until proven guilty.

  • I guess I will just type this Jun 16, 2009

    WRAL, what is "martial" discord? Is that anything like "marital" discord?

  • gotsomesense Jun 16, 2009

    Bond is also set based on the charges levied, and in the case of drugs bond is set high in order to coerce a defendant into squealing on a colleague to get a lower bond. Bond can also be arbitrary - different people can get different bonds for the same crime, even if neither has any resources for flight. I have seen, on this sight, bond for rape of an 8 year old child be $10K and bonds for drug offenses be upwards of $1M. Go figure?

  • baracus Jun 16, 2009

    "Heaven forbid I search "bloody face" and then someone I know gets a bloody face, with their logic that means I did it!"

    No, it is circumstantial evidence and by itself does not mean much. However, if you were seen arguing with that person, were known to be in the vicinity when the "bloody face" was administered, and went to the doctor with a sprained wrist later in the day, you would definitely become a person of interest.

  • FoxtrotUniformCharlieKiloakaCALM Jun 16, 2009

    bond is set high for people viewed as a high risk not to show up in court, not because they are guilty or there is a lot of evidence

  • john283594 Jun 16, 2009

    Well thank you Nancy Grace...

  • johnsod27330 Jun 16, 2009

    Brad Cooper was charged in October 2008. That is only seven months ago. The crime only took place a year ago. He was free for 4 months after the murder before he was indicted. Obviously the police have a case or his bail would not have been so high. That is why he is not out free now, he cannot afford bail. Seems that the police are just getting more nails in the case. There has been no speedy trial violation here. Both the defense and prosecution have postponed this case.

  • kikinc Jun 16, 2009

    Brad Cooper HAS been charged. With 1st degree murder. He's been in prison for the past year b/c he can't afford bail. Both his lawyers and the DA have continued the case, so no one's rights have been violated here. It normally takes awhile for high profile cases like this to get to trial, most times due to the defense. They like to continue it as long as possible so that the jury pool isn't as informed about the case as they were when the news first broke.