Nancy Cooper case timeline
A look at key events surrounding the disappearance and death of Nancy Cooper and the arrest and trial of her husband, Brad Cooper, for her murder.Posted — Updated
A look at key events surrounding the disappearance and death of Nancy Cooper and the arrest and trial of her husband, Brad Cooper, for her murder.
- 12:25 a.m. – Brad Cooper says in his deposition that he is sleeping with his daughters when he hears his wife come home.
- 6:22 a.m. to 6:25 a.m. – Brad Cooper is recorded on surveillance video inside the Harris Teeter at Crescent Commons Shopping Center, 2080 Kildaire Farm Road in Cary, buying milk. (Read more about the surveillance video.)
- 6:30 a.m. – Brad Cooper says in his deposition that he returns home and leaves shortly thereafter to go buy laundry detergent.
- Around 6:40 a.m. – Nancy Cooper calls Brad Cooper on his cell phone from home, he says in his deposition, and she asks him to buy juice.
- 6:41 a.m. to 6:44 a.m. – Surveillance video from the same Harris Teeter records Brad Cooper purchasing Tide and Green Machine Naked Juice.
- 7 a.m. – Nancy Cooper goes jogging, according to a July 23, 2008, affidavit of Brad Cooper.
- 1:50 p.m. – Jessica Adam calls 911, expressing concern that she hasn’t heard from Nancy Cooper and that she is worried something might have happened to her. (Read more about the 911 call.)
Cary Police Chief Pat Bazemore says investigators do not have a suspect or person of interest in the case but that they do not believe it is a random crime.
Police obtain a search warrant for the Coopers' home at 104 Wallsburg Court, vehicles and a DNA sample from Brad Cooper.
After more than 10 hours of deliberation over three days, a jury of 10 women and two men find Brad Cooper guilty of first-degree murder. He is sentenced to life in prison.
Nearly 100 witnesses testified over a course of 36 days as prosecutors sought to prove that an angry Brad Cooper, tired and fed up with Nancy Cooper, planned her murder and carried it out in the early morning hours of July 12, 2008.
Defense attorneys argued detectives never looked beyond their client as a suspect, because they were concerned that a random murder would tarnish Cary's reputation as a safe community. They characterized police work as being "dishonest" and "inept."
The North Carolina Court of Appeals orders a new murder trial in the case after finding the trial judge erred by not allowing key testimony to be presented in the case.