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Attorney seeks extension to file Brad Cooper appeal

Posted April 5, 2012

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— An attorney for a Cary man convicted last year of killing his wife has asked the state Court of Appeals for an extension to appeal his conviction.

Brad Cooper was found guilty May 5 of first-degree murder in the July 12, 2008, death of Nancy Cooper, whose body was found in an undeveloped subdivision several miles from their home.

Ann Peterson, an appellate attorney for Cooper, says in a motion filed Tuesday that the transcripts from the nearly two-month long trial were originally due on July 12, 2011, but that there several delays and she did not receive the 8,800-page file until Feb. 10.

Peterson wants 30 days past the April 11 deadline to appeal because she needs more time to read and review the transcripts.

One possible ground for appeal is likely to center on evidence that jurors didn't get to hear.

Cooper's defense team claimed that someone tampered with a computer in which investigators found evidence of a Google Maps search of the site where Nancy Cooper’s body was found that was conducted the day before she went missing.

The judge, however, did not allow the testimony, saying the expert witness wasn't qualified. He also disallowed a second witness, because the prosecution argued that timing didn't allow them to prepare for adequate cross-examination.

Cooper, 38, is serving life in prison without the possibility of parole at Central Prison in Raleigh.

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  • forautumn Apr 10, 2012

    "..it was only an "illusion" which the jurors accepted without any thought since they were sick and tired of being in court anyway..the trial was not a win/win situation for anyone..as I read someone's post.."it is just a matter of time before BC is FREE"..not IF..just when..and I guess you will think this will also be *so funny" too."

    Blah, blah, blah...same things you have been saying about BC and JY....all just "illusions".

    Fact is, jury found him guilty. HE is not the victim, his murdered wife is.

    Feel free to spend your time worrying about the men convicted of killing their wife's...I have more sympathy for the victims of the crime than I do for the CONVICTED SPOUSES.

  • dollibug Apr 10, 2012

    ++So funny.

    forautumn

    I am glad that you think that BC getting railroaded is *so funny*..perhaps you need to be careful of the words you speak or tweek..cause you'll never know which ones you'll eat..

    This entire matter is a SHAME..for CARY POLICE DEPARTMENT and the Cary Detectives who destroyed what would/could/should have been possible EVIDENCE of Nancy Cooper's murder..to the WAKE COUNTY Court Officials who participated in the trial..and to the Cary Group of so called "friends of the Coopers" who exposed what kind of life they lived and shared..
    There was no *JUSTICE* in what took place..as there was no evidence of BC being guilty of murder..it was only an "illusion" which the jurors accepted without any thought since they were sick and tired of being in court anyway..the trial was not a win/win situation for anyone..as I read someone's post.."it is just a matter of time before BC is FREE"..not IF..just when..and I guess you will think this will also be *so funny" too.

  • forautumn Apr 10, 2012

    I do love how the Bradiacs are SO worried about how this has changed his life....but show no concern at all about the victim.

    In fact, most of them are attacking her while pining over Brad.

    So funny.

  • dollibug Apr 10, 2012

    ++++Brad Cooper deserves a new trial. He deserves a fair trial with just the facts. Leave out the emotional gossip testimony, leave out the unsubstantiated theories, leave out the technical jargon-filled testimony that doesn't add up to anything useful in this case. Leave all that out and what do you have? A case that was NOT proven.
    fromageball

    Too many questions left unanswered for the jurors to have found BC guilty of first degree murder....(which I still do not understand the verdict)....WHAT were they thinking? OMG...they were ready to go home, that's what happened and I hope they wake up each and every morning and think about the rush to judgment that they made and changed one man's life and 2 little girls' lives forever..

  • forautumn Apr 10, 2012

    "One has to wonder exactly what the rest of the country is now saying about the BC and JY trial.....I can imagine that it was discussed in a lot of major law schools....and it will be remembered and discussed for a long time in the future as well...This kind of CORRUPTION AND COVER UP does NOT belong in ANY Judicial System...."

    LOL...more of the same whining from the same people.

    So funny...so very funny.

    I'm sure law schools across the world are focused on your precious little murders JY and BC...they are so worried that your heroes get released..

    LOL...Love it.

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Apr 9, 2012

    There are too many possible suspects in the Nancy Cooper trial.

    You have the nosey gossip across the street who's husband was interested in Nancy Cooper.

    You have the shoe salesman Nancy was having an affair with.

    You have the politically connected guy Nancy had seen before.

    You have the other male neighbors that Nancy had played with during the swapping and sex parties in the neighborhood.

    It would be interesting to test the DNA of the youngest Cooper child to see who the father was.

    Too many open ends.

    Makes you wonder who CPD was protecting when they railroaded Brad Cooper into prison.

  • fromageball Apr 9, 2012

    Exactly, Brad Cooper googled his own zip code and Nancy's body was found in a different zip code. I wish we had been able to see that testimony. I know where the dump site is, and where the Cooper house is, and it is ridiculous that he was convicted based mostly on that google search. Not to mention google maps aren't exactly up-to-date with photos.

    The entire trial was outrageous - I think there should be some kind of punishment for LEOs who talk about unsubstantiated theories under oath. Saying things like "I think he killed her in the foyer" or the spoofed phone calls when NOTHING backs it up is unacceptable behavior.

    Brad Cooper deserves a new trial. He deserves a fair trial with just the facts. Leave out the emotional gossip testimony, leave out the unsubstantiated theories, leave out the technical jargon-filled testimony that doesn't add up to anything useful in this case. Leave all that out and what do you have? A case that was NOT proven.

  • johnnyislate Apr 6, 2012

    Defenses try to remove smart jurors. Try for no computer whiz, no scientists, simple people, people who dont trust.

  • dollibug Apr 6, 2012

    A 42 second google search....wonder if the jurors actually did a google search this short....just to see how much could happen....and this would depend....upon the system no doubt...as it is not always up to par on speed....it might have been enough time to put in the zipcode and then end it....and to think that the google search WAS NOT PROVED that BC did it....and this was the only evidence which determined the first degree murder conviction...for a life in prison without parole....so now we wait until the appeal is heard to find out what might happen....it will be quite an interesting issue....I can only hope that there are fair and just judges who will decide...

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Apr 6, 2012

    "What I find funny about the Google search is that he googled his zip code. Not the area where her body was found. HIS zip code. The area she was found just happened to be in the vicinity of their house, so of course it would be in the google search. But the kicker is the fact that the site where NC's body was found is in a DIFFERENT zip code. So, yes, that makes a ton of sense. He searched 27518 to find a dump site in 27606. Just what I would do to find a dumping ground.

    And it's not uncommon to search your own zip code. I just did it 10 minutes ago.
    kikinc"

    I do a google map search a lot of times to figure out how to go somewhere.

    My fear is that if something bad happens to my wife and I didn't do it, the DA will say that I used the google map searchs that I did as part of how I supposedly killed her.

    Based on the story the DA creates since in Wake County the husband always does it when something happens to the wife.

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