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Police seek more evidence in Nancy Cooper murder case

Posted June 16, 2009 10:58 a.m. EDT
Updated June 16, 2009 3:39 p.m. EDT

— Authorities investigating the July 2008 slaying of a Cary woman found dead in an undeveloped subdivision have obtained a new search warrant to obtain data from a computer belonging to her husband.

In a June 3 search warrant that was returned Monday, Cary police investigators asked to obtain information from a Cisco CompactFlash Card that they believe Brad Cooper used with a computer he bought after police seized other computers at his home shortly after the death of his wife, Nancy Cooper.

Her body was found July 14 in an undeveloped subdivision about three miles from the couple's home. An autopsy found the 34-year-old mother of two she was likely strangled.

Brad Cooper was arrested in October and charged with murder.

Since then, investigators have requested to search numerous other items seized from the couple's home at 104 Wallsburg Court, including cameras and cell phones.

Detectives are looking for evidence of marital discord, financial transactions and instructions associated with ways to commit murder and dispose of a human body, according to search warrant affidavits.

Brad Cooper, 35, is in the Wake County jail, where he is being held under a $2 million bond. Prosecutors have said they will not seek the death penalty in the case.

He has denied any involvement in his wife's death. He has said he last saw her on July 12 before she went jogging. When she did not return, he has said, he went looking for her.