Nancy Cooper

Cooper jury selection to go into eighth day

Posted March 8, 2011 4:07 p.m. EST
Updated March 9, 2011 11:12 a.m. EST

— Jury selection will resume Wednesday for an eighth day in the murder trial of Brad Cooper, a Cary man accused of killing his wife, Nancy Cooper, more than two years ago.

Twelve jurors and three alternate jurors were seated by Tuesday afternoon, and attorneys will attempt to find the final alternate Wednesday morning.

Jury selection began Feb. 28 and was expected to finish up Monday, but one juror was dismissed after he said he couldn’t commit to the full duration of the trial.

Attorneys depleted the potential-juror pool Tuesday morning while trying to find the alternates.

Meanwhile Tuesday, Superior Court Judge Paul Gessner heard more pre-trial motions in the case. Opening statements are expected Wednesday.

Cary police arrested Brad Cooper in October 2008, more than three months after his wife was found dead in a drainage ditch in an undeveloped subdivision a few miles from the couple’s home.

An autopsy found Nancy Cooper had likely been strangled.

Brad Cooper, who has denied any involvement in her death, has said she went jogging the morning of July 12 and never returned.

His trial is expected to be a lengthy one. Attorneys have estimated that it could last anywhere from a month to two months.

A list released Monday shows 227 potential defense witnesses and 116 potential witnesses for the prosecution.