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Brad Cooper trial juror told to resign from job

Posted April 27, 2011 5:43 p.m. EDT
Updated April 28, 2011 3:51 a.m. EDT

— A juror in the lengthy murder trial of a Cary man accused of killing his wife was asked by her employer to resign.

The woman, who goes into work after the trial is over each day, told the court Wednesday that she was asked to tender her resignation after recently being late to work because of jury service.

Superior Court Judge Paul Gessner, the presiding judge in the case, sent a Wake County sheriff's deputy to the employer Wednesday afternoon to provide a copy of the North Carolina statute that prohibits employers from firing or demoting employees because of jury duty.

The employer told the deputy that the juror would not lose her job and that the employer will work around the schedule of the court to accommodate her.

Although state law protects a juror's job, it does not require that the employee be paid in full while serving on a jury.

The trial involves the case of Brad Cooper, who is accused of killing his wife, Nancy Cooper, in July 2008.

Wednesday marked the 34th day of testimony. Jury selection began Feb. 28, and opening statements began March 9. It's unclear how much longer the trial will last.