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Slain mom's husband, family reach deal on child support

Posted March 9, 2009

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— A slain Cary woman's family and her husband have reached an agreement regarding temporary child support for the couple's two young daughters.

Brad Cooper and Nancy Cooper's family entered into a consent order for temporary child support Monday morning. Under the agreement, her family will receive $8,655.80 of his final paycheck from Cisco Systems Inc., in the amount of $10,138. The rest goes to taxes.

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

Garry and Donna Rentz and Krista Lister, Nancy Cooper's parents and sister, have temporary custody of the Coopers' two daughters. They filed a motion last year for temporary child support, alleging Cooper was trying to liquidate his assets and sell his possessions.

Nancy Cooper's family asked that Brad Cooper be required to pay child support to them and pay for the children's medical and dental expenses.

A man walking his dog found Nancy Cooper's body on the bank of a storm water pond. The 34-year-old mother of two was likely strangled, according to a medical examiner's report.

A permanent custody hearing is scheduled for June.

Brad Cooper remains in the Wake County jail, where he is being held without bond.


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  • marina Mar 12, 2009

    Excellent post, Didisaythat, I couldn't have said it better myself.

    Chenliliu6, BC has not been proven guilty yet, but he's been indicted in his wife's murder. Even though not proven guilty, who else should pay for HIS children's living expenses while he's in jail? Where should his FINAL paycheck go, other to the people who are taking care of his kids? The guy is not paying for his lawyers, the taxpayers do. Should the taxpayers also pay for his kids'living expenses so he can keep his last check? Some may not think he did it. Fine. They're entitled to their opinion. But what will they say if he is proven guilty? Will they accept it? Or will they say that BC is a victim of the system? Many who are sooo fast at reminding us that someone is "INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY" don't really mean it. What they really mean is "INNOCENT EVEN WHEN PROVEN GUILTY". Think Scott Peterson.

  • chenliliu3 Mar 10, 2009

    Completely shocked by all of this. I thought this was America, yet one of our citizens who has not been proven guilty is being stripped of all his rights before the fact.

    Also, last time I checked, guilty of a crime or no, since when is anyone entitled to 100% of someone's paycheck for child support? This whole thing is scary.

    And, how in the world can the man continue paying them support and medical and dental bills as they request, if he remains in jail and has zero income?

    Whole thing is very distrubing. Rights going right out the window.

    Could happen to anyone.

  • FromClayton Mar 10, 2009

    that last paycheck was probably all his vacation and sick time too. thats how it works around here. he could have had weeks of vacation time. just at thought.

  • me2you Mar 10, 2009

    how does someone in his position have/earn money?

  • didisaythat Mar 10, 2009

    I am not sure why they would have to pay it back if found not guilty...They are temporarily taking care of the children, because he can't. And why would they pay for his lawyer fees...They did not charge him the police did. And why do people think he is not guilty...I know, I know, innocent until proven, but the police had enough for a grand jury and they feel confident they can get a conviction or they don't bring it to a grand jury. Everything I have read tells me he is a very good suspect and I don't see anything that says he didn't do it.

  • dtwfrog82 Mar 10, 2009

    I'm with you pebbles...still think he's innocent. also, jmo!

  • ShareTheRoad Mar 10, 2009

    wow....how often did this dude get paid?

  • Tax Man Mar 9, 2009

    If he is acquitted will the family have to repay him and his attorney fees? Also would Cisco have to hire him back with back pay? Let's bring it on for trial soon so we can find out if he is really guilty!

  • kbo80 Mar 9, 2009

    That was one heack of a final check. Doesn't he need that for an attorney?
    And why is this in the news again? Has he been convicted yet?

  • Ladybug Mar 9, 2009

    The children should be the beneficiaries of any insurance and sale of the house and assets, not Brad, whether he's guilty of murder or not. He played a part in this whole thing!