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Cooper judge orders probe of possible juror misconduct

Posted March 25, 2011
Updated March 26, 2011

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— The presiding judge in the murder trial of Brad Cooper has asked the Wake County Sheriff's Office to investigate a possible case of juror misconduct.

Superior Court Judge Paul Gessner received an e-mail Friday morning about one of the jurors allegedly talking in public about the case.

"It does appear that it would be error on my part to ignore it at this point," he said.

Brad Cooper, 37, is on trial for first-degree murder in the July 12, 2008, death of his wife, Nancy Cooper, 34.

His defense attorney, Robert Trenkle, objected to Gessner's order, on the grounds that the e-mail is vague and "could serve to intimidate or chill the jurors" in violation of his client's rights.

"My primary concern is that I have repeatedly given these jurors instructions that they are not to talk about this matter among themselves or allow anybody to talk about it in their presence," Gessner said, "and I need to determine whether or not that has been violated."

Meanwhile, the trial continued Friday morning with an AT&T analyst testifying about cell phone records in the case.

Brad Cooper has said that Nancy Cooper went jogging the morning of her death and never returned home. Her body was found two days later in a drainage ditch about 3 miles from the Coopers' Cary home.

Defense attorneys have said Cary police work in the case was "inept" and "dishonest," because they disregarded evidence that didn't support their theory that Brad Cooper killed his wife.

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  • solarcableguy Mar 25, 2011

    What people are suggesting is that the Judge, DA's office and the entire CPD and other law enforcement are ignorant and they are all biased against Brad is a little disturbing too. Yes, I'd be outraged if my loved one was the one accused of this and was truly innocent, but once again I'd still believe in the justice system and would wait to hear the rest of the evidence. His actions do make him look guilty even with the lack of evidence. And actions do matter!
    RR Mom
    March 25, 2011 7:24 p.m.
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    I agree that you are naive. It is disturbing that the investigation seems to have gone no where. Actions? Are you referring to the way his grieving when you say actions? That's egocentric thinking. If you were paid close attention to what I said you would have seen that I said that I would be outraged if my loved one had been murdered. My point was I would be pretty upset with CPD for not doing their job and finding the real killer if this is all they have on him.

  • RR Mom Mar 25, 2011

    I'm sorry but trashing Nancy is just WRONG, the woman is dead and some of you are acting like she asked for it, it's not her fault that her husband is being accused of her murder. She talked to her friends, I'm sure she was stressed out with the whole situation, what would you have done?

  • solarcableguy Mar 25, 2011

    "Solarcableguy, HIS actions before and after she was found, HIS lack of remorse for the death of the Mother of HIS children, HIS lack of respect for his inlaws, HIS behavior to the law enforcement, and NOT going to any of her memorials IS a factor in this case." RRMom March 25, 2011 7:24 p.m.
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    Why because you know how someone should grieve? You obviously don't know anything about how someone grieves. People grieve in all different ways and to judge a person based on that is childish at best. He was not wanted at the memorials and might have thought he would be a disruption. If my wife was murdered I surely wouldn't want to go to a memorial for her where I wasn't wanted. He may have done it out of respect. Again, you are judging how he has chosen to grieve and it is not for you to judge.

  • solarcableguy Mar 25, 2011

    southernincary that was well said! There are many women who will never live that good and would not abuse it if they did. She was given $300 a week to play with at her own discretion and she still complained about it and racked up the AMEX bill...unreal! It is an insult to any abused woman out there or any woman struggling to make ends meet with or without a husband. The impression that I have gotten is that she was spoiled. He cheated. She cheated. She cried foul to her friends and anyone who would listen about everything being bad not just the infidelity. Divorce became inevitable.

    She shouldn't have been murdered, but it doesn't sound like she was abused in the marriage. It sounds like a bad marriage on both sides. If BC had not cheated it would be hard for me to say anything bad about him.

  • RR Mom Mar 25, 2011

    Solarcableguy, HIS actions before and after she was found, HIS lack of remorse for the death of the Mother of HIS children, HIS lack of respect for his inlaws, HIS behavior to the law enforcement, and NOT going to any of her memorials IS a factor in this case. No, it should NOT be the sole reason for his trial or his conviction, but I guess I'm naive enough to want to believe in the justice system, and to not think that the entire Cary law enforcement are just trying to convict the easiest suspect just to have the crime solved. What people are suggesting is that the Judge, DA's office and the entire CPD and other law enforcement are ignorant and they are all biased against Brad is a little disturbing too. Yes, I'd be outraged if my loved one was the one accused of this and was truly innocent, but once again I'd still believe in the justice system and would wait to hear the rest of the evidence. His actions do make him look guilty even with the lack of evidence. And actions do matter!

  • southernincary Mar 25, 2011

    If one more person claims Nancy was abused I might puke! She never worked, sent her kids to expensive daycare while she played with her friends, drank expensive wine and went to the gym, trashed her husband's name, spent his money, never had a domestic violence call to the house, never had a bruise or a scratch, was given $15K/year for play money, a BMW to drive, nice house that she never cleaned, time to go on holiday when she wanted... pul-eeeze! this is NOT abuse and claiming she was abused is insulting to any woman who has ever been in an abusive relationship!

  • nellbaby Mar 25, 2011

    No evidence has been shown yet that even suggests that BC had anything to do with the murder = as for now BC is innocent

  • solarcableguy Mar 25, 2011

    Research the amount of torture both Bundy & Plantan put their victims through.
    anastasia
    GOLO member since July 26, 2008
    March 25, 2011 6:32 p.m.

    Anastasia your line of thinking that everyone would be like Bundy and Plantan is illogical. Its just more assumptions. You still haven't answered my question as to whether you are implying that all strangulations are comitted by a sexual assault perp.

  • anastasia Mar 25, 2011

    "Both sadistic sexual killers, not what we have in this case."

    you know this, how?
    golorealist
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    Because if this was a ritualistic, sado-sexual crime, there would be NO DOUBT as to whether or not a sexual assault took place. Research the amount of torture both Bundy & Plantan put their victims through.

  • anastasia Mar 25, 2011

    Both sadistic sexual killers, not what we have in this case. anastasia

    That's your conclusion, based on your bias.
    itsmyownopinion
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    Please, go and research the extent of torture and sexual assaults both Ted Bundy & Drew Edward Planten put their victims through and then come back and debate the supposed similarities in the cooper murder.

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