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Brad Cooper seeks return of 'privileged material'

Posted February 22, 2010 3:17 p.m. EST

— A Cary man charged with killing his wife has filed two motions asking authorities to return some materials seized from his home and his computer.

Brad Cooper, 36, is charged with first-degree murder in the July 2008 death of his wife, Nancy Cooper. His trial is set for Oct. 25.

Cooper told investigators that his wife went jogging on the morning of July 12, 2008, and never returned home. A man walking his dog two days later found the 34-year-old mother-of-two's body in an undeveloped subdivision less than three miles from the Coopers’ Lochmere home.

An autopsy determined that she had likely been strangled.

Motions filed Feb. 11 ask that "privileged material," including communications with a divorce lawyer, that Cary police removed from his home in July 2008 be returned. The motions also seek the return of e-mails between Cooper and his attorneys that were on a computer police seized at the time of his October 2008 arrest.

A third motion asks that prosecutors turn over all evidence in the case, including the dental records used to identify Nancy Cooper's body and details of times and dates that prosecutors and Cary police met to discuss the case.