Nancy Cooper

May 5 Town of Cary statement on Brad Cooper conviction

Posted May 5, 2011

May 5, 2011, statements from the Town of Cary regarding the first-degree murder conviction of Brad Cooper.

Statement from Cary Town Manager Benjamin Shivar

“As Cary’s Town Manager, one of my most important responsibilities is to ensure that our organization hires and retains the very best people to serve our community. It’s what our citizens expect, and it’s what they deserve. This includes the Chief of Police and, ultimately, the officers and staff who support her.

With today’s verdict and despite the very public and hurtful allegations to the contrary, it’s clear that they are exemplary, and Cary is served by the best.

Throughout this tragic incident – from the moment Nancy Cooper was reported missing all the way through to the jury’s verdict – Chief Bazemore and her team have brought every resource to bear on appropriately solving the case. They worked tirelessly, professionally, and with unimpeachable integrity – just as they’ve done throughout my 17 years with the Town of Cary.

Based on their extraordinary and exhaustive efforts, several years ago the Grand Jury indicted Brad Cooper for Nancy Cooper’s murder. Since then, the District Attorney’s Office produced a powerful and compelling case for Mr. Cooper’s conviction.

Since 1986 when now Chief Bazemore joined the Cary Police Department as a patrol officer, our community has seen 19 murders. And with every one that has been brought to trial, the suspect has been convicted. Clearly, our police department has the knowledge, skills, abilities, and resources to solve complex crimes. And many if not most of our police who worked on these cases also worked on the Cooper case as well as the other two murder cases of 2008.

I want to thank Chief Bazemore and her team as well as all of the outside agencies that assisted in bringing this issue to a close. They are all true professionals.”

Statement from Cary police Chief Pat Bazemore

“Today’s verdict brings a terrible chapter in our community to a close. Nancy’s family and friends as well as our citizens at large can move ahead with confidence that justice has been served.

As I did with the announcement of Brad Cooper’s arrest several years ago, I want to use the opportunity of his conviction to again encourage every person who’s in a challenging relationship to take the steps necessary to keep yourselves safe.

Please remember that Nancy Cooper said to many that she didn’t think Brad would ever physically hurt her. Nancy was wrong, and the consequences were dire. Learn from her legacy, and get help now.

I want to thank the men and women of the Cary Police Department and our colleagues throughout Town government who joined us in our professional and tireless effort with this case. Throughout, they strived to be accurate, thorough, and complete. This has taken time, dedication, patience, and restraint. I’m very proud of our work together.

I want to specifically recognize three of our detectives: Lead Detective George Daniels, Detective Jim Young, and Detective Adam Dismukes. These detectives worked night and day to gather the evidence necessary to make an arrest in this case and due to their efforts, we have been able to bring justice to Nancy’s family.

I also want to thank the jurors, the Wake County District Attorney’s Office, the Wake County Sheriff’s Office, the City County Bureau of Identification, the State Medical Examiner’s Office, the State Bureau of Investigations, and the Federal Bureau of Investigations for the roles they played in bringing this phase of our community’s tragedy to a close.

And finally, I want to thank Nancy’s family and friends for their absolute and unwavering confidence and support throughout this very difficult time. They have changed our lives, and we are better for having gotten to know them.”


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  • solarflare40 May 11, 2011

    Quote from Cary's town manager: “As Cary’s Town Manager, one of my most important responsibilities is to ensure that our organization hires and retains the very best people to serve our community."

    My question in response to that is, then WHY is Detective Daniels still employed in Cary????

  • dollibug May 9, 2011

    I wanted to share the above link....I hope that this will give people some more "views" on how others have viewed this "trial in which Brad Cooper was railroaded"....

  • viking416 May 6, 2011

    I live in Cary and I'm extremely disppointed with these detectives and how they handled this case. Destroying and tampering with evidence and they get praise from the Chief? There needs to be a serious investigation from an outside agency and if it's as bad as it looks....heads need to roll

  • viking416 May 6, 2011

    The CPD and the detectives in this case need to be investigated by someone outside of the town of Cary. People in Cary need to know that these bad eggs are not the norm. It makes me sick to hear the chief praise their efforts. They were lazy and either crooked or simply lacking the intelligence one would expect from a crime investigator.

  • solarflare40 May 6, 2011

    Too bad we STILL do not have justice for Nancy Cooper. Add on top of that the injustice Brad is going through. Tragic all around.

  • yellow_hat May 6, 2011

    "exemplary" - really? I think he was convicted in spite of the bungling Cary cops (and yes, I live in Cary). The police actions here were inexcusable. If I were on the jury - erasing the phone ALONE would have been enough for me to come back NG.

    I personally will never understand the verdict - I just assume they were tired and figured the cops would not lie - which I am not sure they did - but they were definitely incompetent, and the town defending this incompetence so strongly makes me wonder why.

  • jodash57 May 6, 2011

    Solarflare40 - You don't read too well do you? I agree that I'm surprised the verdict was guilty and that even with the computer tampering testimony withheld, there had to be something else the jury deliberated on. I'm not agreeing or disagreeing whether Brad is guilty or not. I just raised the question that if everyone is unhappy with the Cary Police, they should be just as unhappy with the jury. I feel I don't have the background in law to make the assumptions you and others seem to make. It's okay to question things but not in the manner a lot of people have with their haughty remarks. (DUH's etc.) You obviously think with a lot of emotion and hopefully you will never have to serve on a jury. Even if the case was handled poorly, there were 12 people that some how missed what most people seem to think they didn't. Why is that? We will never know unless the jurors eventually speak out. Then maybe we will have a better understanding of a lot of things.

  • solarflare40 May 6, 2011

    RE: "..No I don't need to watch any additional video - the "expert" testimony if allowed I believe would not have changed the verdict because there was so much other testimony that seemed to raise reasonable doubt..."

    So much wrong with your comment. First, if the jury had been allowed to hear the expert testimony that the computer was tampered with while in the possession of the CPD. Second, you have just proven my point with your statement of "there was so much other testimony that seemed to raise reasonable doubt." Duh!!! That is why the verdict should have been NOT Guilty. You CAN NOT convict someone of murder when there is reasonable doubt! This case WILL be overturned. Just a matter of time. Too bad the CPD wasted their time chasing the wrong person...

  • sleepyhead May 6, 2011

    Based on a comment in Masucci's offer of proof, I believe that how the computer evidence was handled is being investigated and his analysis will be turned over to the state AG or someone else with authority to make sure it doesn't happen again.

  • jodash57 May 6, 2011

    Solarflare40 - No I don't need to watch any additional video - the "expert" testimony if allowed I believe would not have changed the verdict because there was so much other testimony that seemed to raise reasonable doubt - so why did the jury vote guilty? I can question this trial and the outcome without forming such bashing opinions like so many bloggers have done. My mind grapples with a lot of questions and one of them is what information (if any)was put into evidence that we didn't see as online viewers but the jury did. Just because you sat in front of a terminal and watched all the testimony does not mean you have all the jury had. I can't fathom 12 people voting not guilty if all they had is what so many of you think you know. Again, that would mean the jury were as inept as you feel the Cary Police department were.