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07-19-2008, 04:02 AM
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07-19-2008, 10:30 AM
The beginning.


Search Underway for Missing N.C. Woman

Monday, July 14, 2008

CARY, N.C. — A search was launched on Sunday to find a missing North Carolina woman last seen when she left her home to go running, WRAL.com reported.

Nancy Cooper, 34, reportedly went for a routine jog early Saturday morning, but never returned home to meet friends as planned.

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07-19-2008, 10:32 AM

That was a little odd," said neighbor Diana Duncan, who has known the mother of two since she moved from Canada. "She doesn't stand you up. She'll always call."

Duncan said that Cooper did not take her car, keys or identification when she went running.

Dozens of people turned out to join a search party from Lochmere Pavilion, at Kildaire Farm Road and Lochmere Drive, around 8 a.m. Sunday. They combed running trails and a golf course by foot and by bicycle, and volunteers plastered flyers with Cooper's picture on buildings and street signs.

Cary police officers said they have launched an all-out search for Cooper.

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07-19-2008, 10:34 AM

Search on for missing Cary woman


Duncan says she’s known Cooper since Cooper moved to Cary from Canada eight years ago. She said Cooper's husband Brad Cooper was at home with the couple's two young daughters, ages 4 and almost 2.

“She’s the best mom around,” Duncan said.

Police say Cooper is white, 5 foot 9 inches tall and weighs about 120 pounds. She has hazel eyes and brown hair. She was last seen wearing a T-shirt, running shorts and light blue running shoes.

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07-19-2008, 10:37 AM

Police, volunteers expand search for missing Cary mom

Posted: Jul. 14, 2008
Updated: Jul. 15, 2008


Police say no one has reported seeing Cooper, 34, after a dinner party in the neighborhood that ended late Friday night. They said they do not believe she had any identification on her Saturday when she apparently left the house.

Brad Cooper told police his wife went out about 7 a.m. Saturday but did not return by 9 a.m. or meet friends later that morning, as planned. A friend called 911 and reported her missing.

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07-19-2008, 10:40 AM

Search continues for missing Cary jogger

Posted: Jul. 13, 2008
Updated: Jul. 14, 2008


Cooper was training for a half marathon and is a member of Lochmere Swim and Tennis Club.

"She has two beautiful little girls who I love so much," Duncan said. "We love her so much; we all do. We just have to keep looking on."

Cooper's husband said he and his wife were having marital issues, but he wouldn't discuss them further. He said this had been a very difficult time for his family.

He asked that everyone continue to spread around his wife's photo.

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07-19-2008, 10:43 AM

Woman's body found in Wake County could be missing jogger

Posted: Jul. 14, 2008
Updated: Jul. 15, 2008

Cary, N.C. — A woman's body was found Monday evening in Wake County, and police said they were looking into the possibility that it was the body of a missing Cary woman, Nancy Cooper.

The woman was lying in dirt alongside a cul-de-sac that has been cut in preparation for a new subdivision, Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison said.

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07-19-2008, 10:49 AM

Police probe murder of Cary mom

Posted: Jul. 15, 2008
Updated: Jul. 17, 2008

Cary, N.C. — A missing persons case has turned into a murder investigation, Cary police said Tuesday evening, a day after the body of Nancy Cooper, a 34-year-old mother of two, was found in an undeveloped subdivision just outside Cary’s town limit.

"The search for our Nancy is over," Cary police Chief Pat Bazemore said at a news conference Tuesday evening, accompanied by Cooper's parents, twin sister, brother-in-law and brother. "Nancy was murdered, and our investigation is now a homicide."

Crime-scene tape surrounded the Cooper home on Wallsburg Court Tuesday evening, and police cars sat nearby.

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07-19-2008, 10:55 AM

Sky 5 video of area where body was found

07-19-2008, 10:57 AM

Police probe murder of Cary mom who disappeared


as a homicide and have encircled her Lochmere home with crime scene tape.

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07-19-2008, 11:00 AM

Hat connection to U.S. murder

Amanda Stephenson

Police in Cary, N.C. confirmed Tuesday that a body found at the edge of a storm water drain in a construction area Monday evening was that of Nancy Cooper, who had been missing since Saturday morning.

Cooper — a former Edmontonian — was the wife of Brad Cooper, who grew up in Medicine Hat. Brad told police he last saw his wife when she left to go jogging around 7 a.m. Saturday. Nancy’s disappearance was first reported to police by one of her friends that afternoon.

Cary Police are calling the case a homicide, though as of press time last night they had not made any arrests or named any suspects. The home where the Coopers lived has been surrounded with crime scene tape

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07-19-2008, 11:03 AM

Nancy Cooper's body is identified
Cary police say her death was not random, but they release few details

Mandy Locke and Kristin Butler, Staff Writers
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CARY - Nancy Cooper's friends hoped she'd just gotten lost.
They could even swallow her hiding, perhaps attempting to escape her American life as the wife of a Research Triangle Park business executive.

Anything but this: a young mother dead, two young girls left behind, a family buckling with grief.

"We are devastated. We have to grieve," Mike Morwick, a friend of Cooper, said after police said Tuesday evening that the body found in an unfinished subdivision Monday evening was Cooper's.

On Tuesday, police scurried about this suburban haven. They scoured a construction site where Cooper's body was found, hunting for more clues. Other officers came and went from the Coopers' home; by evening, they'd wrapped crime-scene tape around Nancy and Bradley Cooper's two-story brick house in the Lochmere subdivision. Friends lingered at a nearby church, hoping police would tell them to resume their search, that their friend was still missing.


A spreading silence

Tuesday, after police confirmed she'd been killed, Cooper's friends grew silent, reluctant to speculate.

"At this point we do not want to jeopardize the investigation in any way, nor do we want the hurtful images and stories to be propagated in a way that exacerbates an already incredibly difficult situation for those of us who were so close to Nancy," Morwick said in a statement.

Police said Bradley Cooper was "devastated" when he learned his wife was dead.

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07-19-2008, 11:06 AM

Police search Cary woman's house, vehicles

Posted: Jul. 16, 2008
Updated: Jul. 17, 2008

Cary, N.C. — Authorities carried out a detailed search Wednesday of the house and vehicles of a missing Cary woman whose body was found Monday in an undeveloped subdivision outside the town's limit.

Cary police Chief Pat Bazemore said at a news conference Wednesday morning that a search warrant obtained overnight also allows investigators to obtain DNA evidence from Nancy Cooper's husband, Brad Cooper.

Brad Cooper had no comment, but his attorneys, Howard Kurtz and Seth Blum, released a statement Wednesday afternoon saying he would not answer questions from the media but would continue cooperating with police.

"Brad is devastated by the news of Nancy's death," the statement read. "He has and will continue to assist in law enforcement efforts to bring his wife's killer or killers to justice."

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07-19-2008, 11:09 AM

July 16 news conference on Nancy Cooper homicide

Cary police hold a news conference with updates about the slain mom case.

07-19-2008, 11:10 AM
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Looking for Clues

Dr. Baden (video only)

07-19-2008, 11:17 AM

Woman's body found near Cary
Police believe it may be that of Nancy Cooper, a missing jogger


Cooper's parents, Donna and Garry Rentz of Edmonton, Alberta, and her identical twin sister, Khrista Lister, of Toronto attended the news conference and expressed gratitude for volunteers who searched for her Sunday and Monday.

Her husband, Brad Cooper, met this morning with friends of his wife, who gathered at Resurrection Lutheran Church. He said he'd had "a long night" but had no new information about his wife.


Nancy Cooper, 34, was reported missing at 2:51 p.m. Saturday by a friend, Jessica Adam, Bazemore said Monday afternoon.

Adam said that Cooper was supposed to join her Saturday morning at Adam's house to help paint her dining room. The friends had a deal: Cooper was going to help paint; then Adam was going to help Cooper organize her house. Both were runners, training for the Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon on Aug. 31 in Virginia Beach, Va.

When Cooper didn't show up, Adam called Brad Cooper. She said he told her that his wife had gone for a run with a friend, but he wasn't sure which friend. Adam said he later called to say he thought the friend was someone named Carrie and wanted to know whether Adam knew how to contact Carrie.

An uneasy feeling

Adam knew someone by that name but said she didn't know the woman's last name and did not have her phone number. Cooper said he was going to continue looking for Carrie's phone number and hung up, Adam said. Adam said she felt that something had gone wrong and called police.

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07-19-2008, 11:19 AM

Police search Cary woman's house, vehicles

(video only)

(Brad Cooper hired attorney)

07-19-2008, 11:22 AM

CARY, NC (WTVD) -- Police are searching the home and two cars of Nancy Cooper after determining her death was a homicide.

For a second night in a row, friends of Nancy's met with psychologists at Resurrection Lutheran Church in Cary to learn how to cope with the loss and what to tell their children.
Tuesday a medical examiner confirmed the identification of Nancy Cooper's body, which was found Monday.


"Nancy is a mother, daughter and sister, and that's how we'll keep her alive in our hearts," Nancy's brother, Jeff Rentz, said. Cooper's parents, brother and identical twin sister were present at Tuesday's press conference and Wednesday's press conference.
In Edmonton Canada, where Nancy Cooper grew up, her younger sister is dealing with her murder.

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07-19-2008, 11:26 AM


Missing North Carolina Jogger Found Dead

Aired July 15, 2008 - 20:00:00 ET


07-19-2008, 11:29 AM

.............slide show............

07-19-2008, 11:33 AM

Police: No suspect in Cooper killing

By Mandy Locke, Staff Writer
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CARY - Police investigating the slaying of Nancy Cooper obtained a search warrant today to collect DNA evidence from her husband and to search the couple's cars and home in Cary's Lochmere subdivision.
Police have not named a suspect or person of interest in the slaying of Cooper, 34, whose body was discovered Monday evening at a construction site.

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07-19-2008, 11:35 AM


Police Collect Evidence From Murdered North Carolina Jogger`s Home

Aired July 16, 2008 - 20:00:00 ET


07-19-2008, 11:38 AM

Search Warrant Executed for North Carolina Mom's House, Vehicles
Thursday, July 17, 2008

Detectives on Wednesday searched the house and vehicles belonging to a slain North Carolina mother and her husband.

Six bags of evidence were taken from the home on Wednesday afternoon.


Though the family attended Wednesday's press conference, Bazemore said they are not ready to speak to the media.

Brad Cooper, who is staying with friends and taking care of the couple's two daughters, Bella, 4, and Katie, 1 1/2, did not attend the conference, and Bazemore said that "he's been given an open invitation, as the rest of the family has. I do not know why he's not here."

Later Wednesday, Cooper released a statement through his attorneys indicating that he's "devastated" by his wife's death.

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07-19-2008, 11:41 AM


Brad Cooper was also born and raised in Alberta. The two met in Calgary and moved to North Carolina eight years ago when Brad got a job offer with Cisco Systems.

Nancy Cooper leaves behind two little girls, four-year-old Bella and two-year-old Katie.

"They've got the same Nancy personality," said Nancy's younger sister Jill Dean. "Tough kids."

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07-19-2008, 11:42 AM

Cooper Family Photos

07-19-2008, 11:44 AM

Cops Get Search Warrant for Jogger's Husband

With No Murder Suspect Named, Police Zero In on Cooper's Home, Husband

July 16, 2008

Authorities investigating the murder of Nancy Cooper, a mother of two who went missing after going for a jog near her North Carolina home, obtained a search warrant for Cooper's home as well as permission to take forensic evidence from her husband, Brad Cooper.

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07-19-2008, 11:47 AM

Cooper's family files for custody of kids

By Mandy Locke, Staff Writer
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CARY - A judge ordered late yesterday that Nancy Cooper's two young daughters should stay with Nancy's father and sister.
Nancy Cooper's father Garry Rentz and her twin sister Krista Lister filed an emergency custody order just before 5 p.m. Wednesday. They said Bradley Cooper was not fit to care for the girls in the wake of Nancy's death.

The custody complaint sheds new light on suggestions that the Coopers' marriage was in turmoil.

In the complaint, Rentz and Lister allege that Bradley Cooper had been having an affair and that in the months leading up to Nancy's death, he'd been yelling at Nancy and belittling her in front of the children. The filing also alleges that Nancy Cooper never went out jogging the morning of July 12.

They also say in the petition that Bradley Cooper was emotionally unstable and "poses a danger to the physical safety of the minor children."

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07-19-2008, 11:51 AM

Media link to Ex Parte Emergency Custody Order Document

07-19-2008, 11:55 AM

Grandparents Take Custody of Slain North Carolina Mom's Kids, Allege Dad Had Affair
Thursday, July 17, 2008

The family of a slain North Carolina woman were given custody of her children late Wednesday after alleging in court documents that her husband had been having an affair


The complaint, characterized by investigators as a private matter, also alleges Brad Cooper withheld money from his wife, took the girls' passports to bar her from traveling to Canada, is emotionally unstable, threatened suicide in the last year and "poses a danger to the physical safety of the minor children."

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07-19-2008, 11:58 AM

Twin tearfully remembers former Edmonton woman slain in N.C. as 'best friend?

CARY, N.C. — The sister of a former Edmonton woman whose body was found at a North Carolina construction site tearfully remembered her twin as her "best friend" and "soulmate."

At a news conference Thursday in Cary, N.C., Khrista Lister said her sister, Nancy Cooper, was her biggest supporter and her biggest fan, and that all she had to do to remember her was look in the mirror. "She's my sister and she's my everything," a sobbing Lister told the news conference.

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07-19-2008, 12:04 PM

Slain mom's family seeks custody of young daughters


"Because of the intense scrutiny he is currently facing in the ongoing criminal investigation, there is a substantial risk of bodily injury to the children while in the defendant's custody," the claim states.

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07-19-2008, 12:07 PM
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Sinking Suspicions

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07-19-2008, 12:12 PM


Murdered Jogger`s Family Gets Emergency Custody of Kids

Aired July 17, 2008 - 20:00:00 ET


07-19-2008, 12:16 PM

Family: Cary woman felt trapped in U.S.

(Raleigh) News & Observer

CARY --Canadian Nancy Cooper was trapped in America, her family indicated in court filings.

Cooper, whose body was found Monday by a storm drain near her home in the Raleigh suburb of Cary, didn't have a visa to work in the United States, friends and family said.

This spring, months before she was killed, Cooper, 34, wanted to go home, ........

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07-19-2008, 12:19 PM

Nancy Cooper investigation

Family: Cooper stuck in U.S.
Before her death, the Cary woman had wanted to return to Canada, court papers say


Legal wrangling over the care of Isabella, 4, and Gabrielle (called "Katie"), almost 2, offered a window into Nancy and Bradley Cooper's troubled marriage. Nancy's father and sister were granted emergency custody of the girls Wednesday night. They said in court documents that Bradley Cooper posed a threat "to the physical safety of the children."

Bradley Cooper's attorneys declined to comment Thursday............

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07-19-2008, 12:24 PM

Family of murdered woman wins custody case


The couple moved to Cary, a suburb of the high-tech hub of Raleigh, eight years ago when Mr. Cooper got a job offer with Cisco Systems.

"It's really hard to look in the mirror," Nancy's twin sister, Krista Lister, told reporters at a tearful news conference yesterday in Edmonton. "When I see myself walking I do a double-take. It's Nancy

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07-19-2008, 12:26 PM

Nancy Cooper's family: Children 'our primary concern'

Posted: Jul. 18, 2008
Updated: Jul. 18 7:02 p.m.

Cary, N.C. — Family members of Nancy Cooper say their "primary interest" right now is the wellbeing of her two young daughters, and they plan to take them back to Canada this weekend.

"Our primary concern is care of these children, and that what we do is not going to hinder or hurt them in any way, and we're being very cautious," Donna Rentz said of her grandchildren during a news conference Friday.

The family also announced a public memorial service for 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Koka Booth Amphitheatre at Regency Park. They will also hold a small private vigil Friday evening for family, close friends of Cooper's and invited guests.

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07-19-2008, 12:32 PM

Slain jogger's family get custody


CARY, N.C. - The family of a former Edmonton resident slain in North Carolina said Friday it was weighing how to tell her two little girls about the grim fate of their mother.

Nancy Cooper's daughters, Bella, 4, and Katie, 2, are being cared for by the family, in particular their mother's twin sister Khrista Lister, who they sometimes call "Khrista mom." The family believes the girls don't know their mother was killed and that her death is the subject of a police investigation.

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07-19-2008, 12:34 PM

Is husband secret focus in slain mom case?
Expert: Decision to give children to relatives suggests police suspect spouse

By Mike Celizic
TODAYShow.com contributor
updated 7:46 a.m. PT, Fri., July. 18, 2008
The husband of slain North Carolina mother Nancy Cooper has not been named a suspect in her killing, but the fact that a judge agreed with her family that Bradley Cooper “posed a danger” to their two children suggests police may be investigating the spouse, a legal expert said Friday.

“To take the kids away from a biological parent is a big deal,” NBC chief legal correspondent Dan Abrams told TODAY’s Natalie Morales. “It tells us that they’re looking at the husband.”

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07-19-2008, 12:35 PM

(Nancy Cooper Blogspot)

07-19-2008, 12:38 PM

Cooper's lawyer says he's innocent

From Staff Reports
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Brad Cooper did not kill his wife and wants to mourn her death in private, his attorneys said today at a brief news conference.
Lawyer Seth Blum said he and lawyer Howard Kurtz called the gathering because of wild speculation about the slaying of Nancy Cooper, whose body was found Monday in a subdivision under development in Cary.

"The bizarre and unsupported theories floating around television and the Internet have made it impossible for us to sit quietly and to say nothing," Blum said. He did not discuss the theories, saying that could jeopardize the investigation.

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07-19-2008, 12:39 PM

CARY -- An attorney for the husband of a North Carolina woman found slain near her suburban home says he has cooperated with police and would like to grieve for his wife in private.

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07-19-2008, 12:40 PM

CARY -- While investigators still haven't named a suspect in the Nancy Cooper murder case, a lot of attention is focused on Brad Cooper.

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07-19-2008, 12:42 PM

Parents have harsh words for Cooper's killer

CARY -- Nancy Cooper's parents spoke out for a second time Friday about the circumstances surrounding their daughter's death, and they had harsh words for her killer.

"I would like to know why," Cooper's mom, Donna Rentz, said.
Unable to finish her sentence, Rentz tried to find the words the family hopes will reach the ears of the person responsible for Cooper's death.

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07-19-2008, 12:44 PM

Memorial Service For Cooper Set For Today

CARY, N.C. -
A memorial service will be held this afternoon for Nancy Cooper at Koka Booth Amphitheatre in Cary.

A Private memorial service was held Friday night for Nancy Cooper at the preschool her daughter Bella attended.

Candles were lit, memories were recalled and songs were sung for Nancy. Among the songs shared, the hymn, "Let It Shine."

As those attending the service sang, the sun broke out from behind a bank of storm clouds which had drenched the area minutes before.

It was as if the heavens themselves were crying over the Lochmere neighborhood where Nancy lived.

Then, moments before the service began, a rainbow spread across the sky. For some attending, it was an touching moment.

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07-19-2008, 01:11 PM

Aired July 18, 2008 - 20:00:00 ET


UNIDENTIFIED REPORTER: (INAUDIBLE) for a North Carolina mother found dead near her home. No suspects have been named in Nancy Cooper`s death but her parents are asking the killer to speak up if the person has, quote, "any shred of decency."

Cooper`s husband told police his wife went jogging Saturday and never came back. But her body was found Monday at a construction site less than three miles from her home in a Raleigh suburb.

And Cooper`s family has been granted temporary custody of her two young daughters. Cooper`s parents claim their son-in-law is emotionally unstable, was having an affair, and poses a danger to the children.

Now her husband Bradley Cooper`s attorneys say he is distraught by his wife`s death and will continue to assist police.


VELEZ-MITCHELL: I`m Jane Velez-Mitchell in for Nancy Grace.

Tonight a tragic mystery deepens. A mother of two, who was also an avid runner, found murdered at a construction site a few miles from her North Carolina home.

Nancy Cooper`s husband told cops she went out for a jog Saturday morning at 7:00 a.m. and simply never came home. But he did not call the cops. It was a worried friend who dialed 911.

Now police are calling it murder. They have no suspects and no person of interest, but the dead woman`s family is claiming her husband had cheated on her and was verbally and emotionally abusive. They also say she was planning on leaving him. Explosive new developments tonight.

Let`s go straight out to Gurnal Scott, a reporter at WPTF radio, who`s been tracking this story from the start.

Gurnal, what is the very latest is?

GURNAL SCOTT, REPORTER, WPTF RADIO: The very latest is, as you`ve said, the family has been very skeptical about what Brad Cooper has been saying. They have said in the custody complaint that they never thought that she did go jogging, that he has been abusive, that he has kept money from her, that he has been abusive to her verbally in front of the children. And she wanted to leave.

He hid passports so she couldn`t take the children with them. They have made several complaints that have allowed them to go to a court and get custody of these children and they are proceeding on from there, hoping that police can catch the person who is behind this killing.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: And there were duel news conferences today, the attorney for Brad Cooper speaking out, saying their client is innocent, wants to grieve in private, is cooperating with investigators. And then the family of Nancy Cooper also speaking out.

Gurnal, exactly what was said by either party? What are the headlines?

SCOTT: Well, the headlines, as far as the family is concerned, once again, Garry Rentz, the father of Nancy Cooper, urged, as you said, the person who is responsible, if they have a shred of decency, come forward, admit what you`ve done.

But in the dueling news conferences, as you just said, the attorney for Brad Cooper, Seth Blum, is saying that Mr. Cooper is a private man, this is why you haven`t seen him at these press briefings that have been held by the Cary Police Department. He wants to grieve in private. And he doesn`t want to mourn, as he said, in front of the hot glare of media -- of the media spotlight. He wants to be left alone so he can mourn his wife.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: I want to go to Nicole Partin, investigative journalist, and ask you about this other woman. What do we know about this claim, which certainly has not been confirmed in any way, shape or form by Brad Cooper? He has admitted they had marital problems but that`s as far as he went.

What do we know about this possible other woman that Nancy Cooper`s family is claiming he had an affair with?

NICOLE PARTIN, INVESTIGATIVE REPORTER: Good evening, Jane. What we know is that in the allegations presented by Nancy`s family yesterday in a court order, the family claims that Brad was having an affair. Those claims were also backed up with his apparent verbal abuse and battering verbally to Nancy.

We don`t know anything about this woman and the affair other than that the father and other family members of Nancy are alleging that, indeed, Brad was having an affair.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: I want to bring in the attorneys, Holly Hughes, former prosecutor, and Alan Ripka, defense attorney.

Let`s start with you, Alan. This man deserves the presumption of innocence. He is not considered a suspect or a person of interest. He says he is innocent but skeptics would point out that this case, at least theoretically, has the hallmarks of a classic estrangement homicide.

It`s the, you know, the wife seeking divorce and she turns up dead. How would you defend Brad Cooper in that scenario?

ALAN RIPKA, DEFENSE ATTORNEY: Well, Jane, there are plenty of people in this country who is seeking divorce and having marital problems and they don`t go around killing people.

In this particular case there`s not one shred of evidence that he did anything of the sort. No witnesses, no forensic evidence, never threatened to kill her in the past. No domestic violence. No police coming to the house. So I don`t see why -- that`s why he`s not being charged and that`s why he`s not a person of interest.

And in this particular case, he`s cooperating with the police. He doesn`t have a lawyer. And I figure he`s going to be fine in this one.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Well, I think he actually does have a lawyer because they held a news conference today. So I don`t think they were just volunteers.

Holly Hughes, what are your thoughts given the claims that we`re hearing from Nancy`s family about an affair, about the belittling, the withholding money, taking the passports?

HOLLY HUGHES, PROSECUTOR: Well, I got to tell you. In response to my esteemed colleague, Mr. Ripka, let me just say this, Mark Hacking, Scott Peterson, Drew Peterson, I could go on and on. I mean, come on, Jane, this is the same scenario we see all the time.

Scott Peterson didn`t have any history of abusing Laci but one day something snaps and these men are killing their wives. As far as saying there`s no evidence, no forensics evidence, we don`t know that. There was a search warrant executed. They hauled six bags of evidence out of that house.

First of all they did a consensual search and after that consensual search they went back and got a search warrant because they thought there was more in there and they certainly had to have probable cause to support that warrant, Jane.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: And, Holly Hughes, you bring up the Scott Peterson case.

In that case, his mistress who had no idea that he was married, thought she was just having a regular relationship, ended up being the smoking gun because she tape recorded her conversations with Scott Peterson and that`s partially why he was convicted.

HUGHES: That`s exactly right, Jane, and I wouldn`t be surprised if we don`t have another star witness come forward once she realities the gravity of the situation just like Amber Frey. She didn`t know she was going out with a murderer. And when these women finally realized what these men are like they`re going to start singing, as they should, and get some justice for Nancy Cooper.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: All right. We have to leave it right there but we want to stress again that this husband is not a suspect, not even a person of interest, and he does deserve the presumption of innocence in this case.

07-19-2008, 02:37 PM
Thank you dear fran for all your work. (((hugs)))


CARY, North Carolina -- The family of a former Edmonton woman found slain near her North Carolina home plans to return to Canada this weekend with her children.
Nancy Cooper's family persuaded a court to grant them emergency custody of the couple's two young daughters after expressing concern about her husband.
Yesterday, they asked the culprit to speak up if the person has "a shred of decency."

07-19-2008, 02:42 PM

Nancy Cooper's mom Donna Rentz, left, and her twin sister Khrista Lister, mix crying with laughter as they reminisce about Nancy during a press conference in Cary, N.C., Thursday, July 17, 2008. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS/ Shawn Rocco/The News and Observer

Nancy Cooper's parents said their family's pain would only subside if her killer came forward and confessed...

07-19-2008, 05:16 PM
A public memorial for a former Edmonton woman murdered in North Carolina is under way.

Dozens of friends and family members, many wearing white, filed into the Koka Booth Amphitheatre in Cary, a suburb Raleigh, N.C., this afternoon as soft music from a flute and guitar drifted through the air. The community service is expected to last over two hours.


07-19-2008, 07:18 PM

Cooper memorial draws friends, family

By Kristin Butler, Staff Writer
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CARY - About 170 friends, family members and area residents gathered to remember Nancy Cooper this afternoon at one of the places she loved best: Koka Booth Amphitheatre, the site of the outdoor North Carolina Symphony concerts she frequented.
Cooper's parents, Garry and Donna Rentz, her sister and brother-in-law, Krista and Jim Lister, and her brother Jeff Rentz, attended the ceremony along with Cooper's daughters. Bella, 4, arrived in a light green dress and pink ballcap, while Katie, almost 2, wore a white-and-red jumper and sucked on a white pacifier. Both girls sat quietly with their grandparents through the ceremony.


Nancy Cooper's husband, Brad, did not attend today's memorial. His attorneys released a statement Friday saying he needed to mourn outside the public eye.

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07-19-2008, 07:20 PM

Family establishes memorial fund for Nancy Cooper

CARY (WTVD) -- The family of murdered Cary woman Nancy Cooper has established a memorial fund in her name.

Donations can be made to the Nancy Cooper Memorial Fund.
Send c/o RBC Bank, 101 Advent Court, Cary, N.C. 27518.

Donations can also be made at any RBC branch by referencing the Nancy Cooper Memorial Fund.

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07-19-2008, 07:24 PM

Town Remembers Nancy Cooper

CARY, N.C. -
It's been exactly one week since a Cary woman disappeared, only to be found murdered a few days later.

Nancy Cooper, 34, was reported missing last Saturday, after her husband said she went out for a morning run.

Cooper's body was discovered a few miles from her home Monday. Police have not made any arrests, or named a suspect.

Today, friends and family held a memorial for Cooper, and issued an open invitation for anyone else, as well.

Despite some sweltering temperatures, about 150 people turned out for a simple service designed to highlight the effect Nancy had on the people she surrounded herself with.

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07-19-2008, 09:57 PM
fran, please forgive me if you had already posted the radio link!

thanks for all your hard work! I am working on the main character's and affair pages...... still on thread one!!!!

07-19-2008, 10:10 PM
Police officer on other side of fence
Dealing with a homicide now personal for Const. Jeff Rentz

Elise Stolte, edmontonjournal.com
Published: Friday, July 18

EDMONTON - Dealing with his sister's homicide has given Edmonton Const. Jeff Rentz a perspective he never wanted to have.

"When you do a job like policing ... you never want to be able to relate to both sides of the fence," Rentz said at news conference in North Carolina today.

In his job as a southeast division patrol officer, Rentz has had to tell families that their loved ones have been killed.


07-20-2008, 07:12 AM
Sun, July 20, 2008
Hubby skips memorial for slain wife

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The family and friends of a former Edmonton resident slain in North Carolina held a public memorial service Saturday to mourn the 34-year-old woman whose body was found Monday near her home.

Local TV station WRAL reported that Nancy Cooper's two young daughters Bela, four, and Katie, two, carried a bouquet of roses and pictures of the girls and their mother were displayed on stage, with a large, white floral display between them.

Bradley Cooper, the victim's husband, did not attend the memorial service.

Nancy Cooper's parents said earlier this week that the family's pain would only subside if her killer came forward and confessed.


07-20-2008, 07:24 AM
Friends of murdered Edmonton woman say goodbye

Updated: Sat Jul. 19 2008 17:31:40

Sonia Sunger, ctvedmonton.ca

Family and friends of an Edmonton native who was found murdered in Cary, North Carolina five days ago gathered at the church she attended to say their final goodbyes to a woman they say was taken far too soon.

Loved ones described 34-year-old Nancy Cooper as a loving woman with a passion for life.

"She just made everything shine a little brighter and we're just going to miss her so much," said friend Clea Morwick.

"When I first moved here two years ago it was a little bit lonely at first and then I met Nancy and my world changed," said Hannah Pritchard as she wiped tears out of her eyes.

The memorial was attended by Cooper's parents, siblings, two young daughters and friends.


07-20-2008, 11:23 AM

Mother's Murder Called 'Tragic, Evil'

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07-20-2008, 02:05 PM
Who killed Nancy Cooper?
Murdered woman's husband definitely a suspect

No one other than Brad Cooper is known to have come forward to say they saw Nancy after she left a Friday night neighborhood party that she attended alone, although a friend spoke to her on the phone at 10:30 p.m. that same evening.

She also appears to have broken her tradition of taking her car to a coffee house to meet her running partner. This experienced runner training for a half-marathon evidently broke her normal routing and appears not to have traveled along one of her normal running paths.


07-20-2008, 05:29 PM
Cooper remembered as a fast friend

I thought I'd post this article too.........it seems to reveal so much about her personality:

From the link:

"The ease with which she bonded and made friends was amazing," said Brett Adam, Jessica's husband.

Even children flocked to her. She'd lead gaggles through the neighborhood on a hunt for frogs, even though the creatures made her squirm.


07-20-2008, 10:11 PM
Family Expected Home on Sunday

Updated: Sun Jul. 20 2008 17:46:57

Sonia Sunger, ctvedmonton.ca

The family of Nancy Cooper, an Edmonton woman who was murdered in North Carolina last week, is expected to return home Sunday night with their two young granddaughters.

Nancy Cooper's parents, Garry and Donna Rentz were granted temporary custody of her two daughters - Bella, four, and Katie, two - after they argued to a U.S. judge the children's father - Brad Cooper - wasn't a fit parent.

The Rentz' are expected to bring their grandchildren back to Edmonton.

The congregation at their church, the Grace Lutheran Church, is preparing for their return.


07-21-2008, 12:07 PM

"Cary, N.C. — Superior Court Judge Donald Stephens has sealed search warrants related to the homicide of a Cary woman reported missing more than a week ago.

The search warrants for Nancy Cooper's home, vehicle and forensic evidence from her husband, Brad Cooper, have been sealed for 30 days and could be released Aug. 16."

07-21-2008, 04:56 PM
On Wednesday a memorial will be held for Nancy Cooper at Grace Lutheran Church at 99 Avenue and 114 Street at 1 p.m

Brad Cooper's lawyer, Seth Blum, told reporters in Cary, North Carolina on Monday that his client will not be attending his wife's funeral in Canada.

"He doesn't want to distract from Nancy's memory," said Blum. "He wants the focus to be on her, not him. He plans a private service here with friends."


07-21-2008, 06:31 PM
Raleigh, N.C. — A slain Cary woman's husband would likely have to testify at a custody hearing if he wants to remain the legal guardian of his two children – now in temporary care of their maternal grandparents, a family-law attorney says.http://www.wral.com/news/local/story/3244645/

07-22-2008, 12:36 AM
Heather Brenicek's interview: http://abclocal.go.com/wtvd/story?section=news/local&id=6265188

07-22-2008, 10:09 AM

Life, death and the glare of the media


Unless you've gone through it yourself, the agony Nancy Cooper's family is enduring these days is unimaginable.

But that isn't stopping media across North America from doing their best to help you feel their pain.

Cooper, who grew up in Edmonton but moved to Cary, N.C., an affluent suburb of Raleigh, in her mid-20s, was found floating in a pond last week after an intensive search. Police said she had been murdered.


But when a killing happens in a middle-class suburb to a successful, well-adjusted victim, it strikes most people to their very core. This wasn't supposed to happen. The victim is one of us.

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07-22-2008, 12:16 PM
911 Calls released: http://www.townofcary.org/news/news2008/police-missingcooper6.htm

07-22-2008, 12:58 PM
More on 911 calls:


"She was supposed to be at my house at eight and just because of the situation with the divorce, I'm just wondering – I don't know what I should do," the caller says.

The caller tells dispatchers that Nancy Cooper's husband, Brad Cooper, told her his wife went out early for a run – he believed with her friend, the caller says -- but the caller says it was "weird" that Cooper had not returned.



"Because of the situation of the divorce...I don't know what to do," said the caller. "There's been a lot of tension...so I wouldn't be surprised."

07-22-2008, 06:57 PM


Brad Cooper's attorneys, Seth Blum and Howard Kurtz, criticized Cary police for releasing the calls, characterizing the action as a leak that appears "calculated to do nothing more than inflame already raw emotions."

"Selectively releasing prejudicial information in this fashion is reckless, misleading and just plain wrong," they said in a written statement.

Town of Cary spokeswoman Susan Moran said not doing so would have been in violation of the North Carolina Public Records law and that portions of the call required to be redacted were so.

"We did not want to file a motion or make any requests that it be sealed," Wake County District Attorney Colon Willoughby said. "We didn't think it was critical to the investigation, and therefore, we did not see any reason to try to suppress it. So we've not taken any action."

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07-22-2008, 07:05 PM

EDMONTON - Six hours after Nancy Cooper was last seen by her husband, a worried friend called 911 to report the woman missing, saying the former Edmontonian was in the middle of a divorce that was creating "tension" for the couple.

"The fact that her car is still at home and her cellphone is there is a little weird," Cooper's friend Jessica Adam told the dispatcher on July 12. "That does not make sense."

Cooper's husband, Brad, had told her six hours earlier that she hadn't returned from an early-morning jog with a friend he didn't know, she said.

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07-22-2008, 10:09 PM


A judge awarded Nancy Cooper's family, which lives in Canada, temporary custody of the children until a hearing on the matter, scheduled for 9 a.m. Friday.

Kurtz said in an interview that aired Tuesday on Canadian Broadcasting Company radio that his client did not consent to the order.

"Brad loves his children. He is a very, very good father. And he is going to ask the court to return them to his care," Kurtz said.

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07-23-2008, 10:51 AM
Family, friends gather to remember former Edmonton woman found slain in U.S.

EDMONTON — Family and friends are gathering in Edmonton to remember a former city woman who was slain near her home in Cary, N.C.

The body of Nancy Cooper, 34, a mother of two young girls, was found on July 14 - two days after she had been reported missing.

No suspects have been named in the case, which is being treated as a homicide.

On Tuesday, police released a recording of a 911 call where Cooper's friend reports that the woman was late for a scheduled meeting.

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07-23-2008, 02:04 PM
Memorial service set for Nancy Cooper

Last Updated: Wednesday, July 23, 2008 | 9:17 AM

Hundreds of people are expected to attend the memorial service in Edmonton Wednesday afternoon for Nancy Cooper.

The mother of two, 34, was found dead last week near her Cary, N.C., home. Police are investigating her death as homicide.

The Edmonton native, who had lived in Cary for the past eight years, was reported missing by a friend

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Topsail Girl
07-23-2008, 02:14 PM
For anyone interested WTVD will be carrying the Funeral/Memorial live at 3 Eastern.

http://abclocal.go.com/wtvd/index (http://abclocal.go.com/wtvd/index)

07-23-2008, 02:18 PM
BC's attorney requests autopsy report"


07-23-2008, 02:49 PM
Memorial expected to be a celebration

Updated: Wed Jul. 23 2008 12:19:47

Sonia Sunger, ctvedmonton.ca

The memorial for Nancy Cooper, a former Edmonton woman who was found murdered in North Carolina last week, is expected to bring out hundreds for a celebration of her life Wednesday afternoon.

The service which is scheduled to begin at Grace Lutheran Church at 1 p.m. is expected to fill all 500 seats in the church.

Cooper was baptized at the church and attended it until she moved to North Carolina eight years ago after her husband, Brad Cooper, got a job there.


07-23-2008, 04:03 PM

07-23-2008, 07:57 PM
Four hundred at Nancy Cooper memorial
Emily Senger, edmontonjournal.com
Published: 4:33 pm

EDMONTON - About 400 people filled Grace Lutheran Church in Edmonton this afternoon to pay their respects at a memorial for Nancy Cooper who was slain in Cary, N.C. last week.

Cooper, who was born in Sherwood Park, was remembered as a loving mother to her two daughters Bella, 4, and Katie, 2, as well as a good friend to many.

"I know that five other people all thought they were her best friend growing up," said Cooper's high school friend Anna McRoberts. "She just made everyone feel so special."
Krista Lister leaves a memorial service for her twin sister Nancy Cooper whose body was found in a suburb near Raleigh North Carolina earlier this week. She is holding her sister's two daughters Katie Cooper (left/2-years-old) and Bella

Cooper's brother Jeff Rentz, who is an Edmonton police officer, read statements from Cooper's friend Hanna Pritchard, who could not attend the memorial service.

"Nancy made friends very easily," Rentz read. "I know that each birthday that passes is getting me a little closer to seeing Nancy's beautiful smile again."

After the service, Rentz told the media that the family is holding up as well as can be expected and that they had a birthday party for Katie who turned two Tuesday.

"Katie is young, so it's a little bit over her head, but Bella is starting to figure it out," he said.


07-24-2008, 08:56 AM
Brad Cooper fights backWednesday

July 23, 2008 | 8:17 PM

In a motion filed in the custody battle over the Coopers' children, Brad Cooper's attorneys claim that one of the attorneys representing Nancy Cooper's parents also represented Nancy -- apparently in a possible divorce action against her husband.
The attorney, Alice Stubbs, is a former Wake district court judge.

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07-24-2008, 09:00 AM
Documents uncover conflicting accounts of Cooper marriage

Cary, N.C. — Attorneys for Brad Cooper filed a motion Wednesday for the release of autopsy findings in the death of his slain wife, Nancy Cooper.

Attorneys Howard Kurtz and Seth Blum assert that the custody motion implies their client was involved in his wife's death. They want the opportunity to "challenge the plaintiff's unfounded insinuation," according to the motion.


Nancy Cooper's family's attorney, Alice Stubbs, also filed numerous affidavits late Wednesday afternoon from friends and neighbors who testified to the tension between the couple and claimed Nancy Cooper was trapped in the marriage.

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07-24-2008, 09:04 AM
Cooper family history has 2 sides

The custody fight over Nancy Cooper’s young daughters is unearthing vastly different images of their parents’ troubled marriage.
In Bradley Cooper’s telling, Nancy Cooper was a shopaholic who strained the family’s budget with an obsession for fashion, art and jewelry. Her friends, however, say Bradley Cooper was a neglectful husband who trapped, terrified and practically starved her.


Bradley Cooper admitted that his marriage was in peril. He said he had an affair with one of his wife’s best friends...........


Bradley Cooper said he and his wife were buried in debt. Their credit card bills topped $45,000 — an amount he blamed in the affidavit on Nancy Cooper’s love of “$8,000 paintings, designer clothing, Tiffany jewelry.”


Nancy Cooper’s friends say that Bradley Cooper was so tight with his money that she began selling her clothes at garage sales and painting friends’ homes for money to help with groceries.

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07-24-2008, 09:07 AM
Cooper mourned at Edmonton service

Nancy Cooper's two little girls danced, smiled and waved from the front of the Grace Lutheran Church in downtown Edmonton Wednesday afternoon as more than 350 mourners gathered to remember their mom as a wonderful friend and loving mother.

Bella, 4, and Katie, who turns two on Wednesday, later each placed a single white rose beside the urn containing their mother's ashes.

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07-24-2008, 09:11 AM
Hundreds attend services for Cooper

EDMONTON, CANADA (WTVD) -- Funeral services were held in Canada if the Nancy Cooper, the Cary woman found murdered last week.
Cooper, 34, was found dead last Monday after a three-day search throughout Cary. Police say her husband, Brad Cooper last saw Nancy when she left for a jog in the early morning hours of July 12.
Hundreds of people attended the funeral services at Grace Lutheran Church in Edmonton, Canada - Nancy's hometown, and where her parents still live.


The couple's children are expected to attend Wednesday's funeral. The Rentz family is expected to bring the children back to Cary on Thursday. Another custody hearing is expected Friday to decide a long-term custody arrangement for the two girls.

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07-24-2008, 12:53 PM
Coopers' filings lay bare a bitter union

"She would sleep with the girls in her room, with the car keys in her pants pocket and the bedroom door locked from Brad," Hackeling said in an affidavit.


07-24-2008, 01:10 PM
Dead Jogger's Husband: I Cheated


07-24-2008, 09:15 PM
Cooper's friends and family defend him

Friends and family members of Nancy and Bradley Cooper continued to square off in a custody battle set to play out in a Wake County courtroom Friday.
Bradley Cooper’s parents and friends swore that Cooper is emotionally stable and never threatened to kill himself. Bradley Cooper’s friends say Nancy Cooper exaggerated, and that her stories of receiving an insufficient allowance from her husband were blown out of proportion.

“Nancy often exaggerated the details of a story for dramatic effect,” said Scott Heider, a friend of Bradley Cooper. “She liked to tell people stories and liked the attention.”

Late this afternoon, Bradley Cooper's attorneys filed another affidavit for him in which he refutes all the claims his wife's friends made about his treatment of her. He insists he rarely traveled out of the country and never fell out of contact with her when he did. He also said he gave her plenty of money, including a weekly $300 and often filled up her car with gas. As part of his affidavit, he copied the pages of his passport and included pictures of him cuddling and playing with his daughters.

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07-24-2008, 09:19 PM
Coopers' filings lay bare a bitter union

July 24, 2008

Mandy Locke, Staff Writer
Comment on this story

The custody fight over Nancy Cooper's young daughters is unearthing vastly different images of their parents' troubled marriage.
In Bradley Cooper's telling, Nancy Cooper was a shopaholic who strained the family's budget with an obsession for fashion, art and jewelry. Her friends, however, say Bradley Cooper was a neglectful husband who trapped, terrified and practically starved her.

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07-24-2008, 11:45 PM
Custody hearing of Cooper children set for Friday

Posted: Today at 3:49 p.m.
Updated: 11 minutes ago

Raleigh, N.C. — The family of slain Cary mom Nancy Cooper arrived late Thursday at Raleigh-Durham International Airport for Friday's custody hearing.

Nancy Cooper's parents, Garry and Donna Rentz, and twin sister, Krista Lister, filed for custody of the children last week and were awarded temporary custody until Friday.

The hearing will come a day after Nancy Cooper's family attorney filed a motion to compel her husband, Brad Cooper, to submit to a psychiatric evaluation and psychological testing.

The motion claims Brad Cooper engaged in a "bizarre pattern of behavior in the months prior to his wife's murder through the present date" and says he is not fit to care for the couple's two young daughters.


Another court filing Thursday afternoon was a certificate of service of a subpoena served upon Interact, a nonprofit group that provides support to victims of domestic violence. Representatives of Interact of Wake County declined to comment Thursday.

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07-25-2008, 01:32 AM
Family of slain Alta. woman wants psych exam of husband

Linda Nguyen , Canwest News Service
Published: Thursday, July 24, 2008

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In affidavits -- containing unproved allegations -- filed with the court in North Carolina in support of the bid by Nancy Cooper's family for emergency custody of her children, her friends testified about the couple's martial strife.

"He cut Nancy off financially and would do things like follow her to the gas station to fill her car with gas so she was unable to get cash back, as he did not want her to have any money," wrote Damia Michelle Tabachow.

"Last Christmas, while Nancy, Brad, and the girls were visiting Nancy's family in Canada, Brad became depressed and talked of wanting to commit suicide," wrote Jessica Adam.

"At the end of December 2007, I recall Brad yelling at Nancy. He told her that he hated her in front of their children. Bella began to cry and said ‘Why does Daddy hate you?'" wrote Michelle Simmons.

"I remember Nancy saying that she actually feared for herself and the kids and did not trust Brad. She would sleep with the girls in her room with the car keys in her pants pocket and the bedroom door locked from Brad," wrote Theresa Hackeling.

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07-25-2008, 01:37 AM
Custody battle over Edmonton woman's children begins Friday in U.S. court


Family makes allegations to get girls

In their successful petition to get the girls, the family alleged Brad Cooper had been having an affair, and yelling at and belittling his wife in front of the children in the months leading up to her disappearance.

They also alleged he withheld money from Nancy, a stay-at-home mother with no other source of income, forcing her to borrow money from her family to buy groceries for the children.

In a 13-page affidavit, Brad Cooper denied those allegations, and attacks his late wife and her family. He admitted his marriage was in trouble, and that his wife had separation papers drawn up in April.

But, he alleges in the affidavit, his wife was prepared to give him joint custody of their daughters.

Brad Cooper said he loved his wife and still wanted to make the marriage work, but her credit card spending was out of control. He also claimed that Nancy Cooper was going out with her friends almost every night, not coming home sometimes until 2 a.m.

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07-25-2008, 07:18 AM
Custody of Coopers' girls at stake today


07-25-2008, 09:09 AM
NC's family arrives at RDU: http://www.wral.com/news/local/video/3267428/

07-25-2008, 11:47 AM
N.C. judge to hear testimony from Nancy Cooper' s friends and family

RALEIGH, N.C. - Friends and family of a slain jogger Nancy Cooper and her husband Bradley Cooper are headed to court in North Carolina to try to resolve a custody arrangement for the couple's two children.

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07-25-2008, 04:09 PM
Nancy Cooper's family keeps children until October

Raleigh, N.C. — Brad Cooper and the family of his slain wife have reached an agreement regarding temporary custody of their two children.

The two sides met in the judge's chamber for about 75 minutes before reaching the decision, which keeps the children in the care of their grandparents and aunt in Canada for 75 days. The hearing was continued until Oct. 13.

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07-25-2008, 07:38 PM
July 25 statement on behalf of Brad Cooper regarding custody case


07-26-2008, 10:33 AM
Custody order for Nancy Cooper's children extended

Wake District Court Judge Debra Sasser heard testimony from friends and relatives of both parents on Friday as part of the hearing.

CTV's Janet Dirks in North Carolina told CTV Newsnet said the hearing was emotionally charged and said it was "extraordinary" that the children would go to the grandparents when their father has not been named a suspect.

"He agreed to a temporary order," Dirks added. "The legal argument is that he is now a single dad, with a stressful job, who is still grieving his wife -- perhaps he would want his in laws to look after the little girls while he sorts things out in his own life."

Maria Battaglia, a family lawyer in Montreal, told CTV Newsnet Friday she was not surprised by the decision out of North Carolina.

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07-26-2008, 10:37 AM
Children of slain Edmonton woman will stay with grandparents


The father and the grandparents reached an agreement outside the court on Friday that they say is in the best interests of the children.

The girls will return to Canada and stay with the Rentzes until October, when a judge will review the custody agreement. The girls will have supervised visits with their father for two weekends during that time.

In his 13-page affidavit, Cooper denied allegations by his wife's parents that he was having an affair and had been yelling at his wife and belittling her in front of the children in the months leading up to her disappearance.

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07-26-2008, 10:40 AM
Children of slain Edmonton woman will stay with grandparents


In the affidavit, he admitted that his marriage was in trouble, and that his wife had separation papers drawn up in April. He states that his wife was prepared to give him joint custody of their daughters.

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http://news.sympatico.msn.cbc.ca/Children+of+slain+Edmonton+woman+will+stay+with+gr andparents/Canada/ContentPosting?isfa=1&newsitemid=cooper-custody&feedname=CBC-CANADA-V3&show=False&number=0&showbyline=True&subtitle=&detect=&abc=abc&date=True

07-27-2008, 10:18 AM
Police handed out flyers on Saturday, asking for any information that residents might have about the murder of a Cary mother.
Posted: Today at 8:25 a.m.


07-27-2008, 12:06 PM
Link to the flier:


07-27-2008, 08:55 PM
We are a group of Nancy's close friends who are devastated by her loss and are trying to help her family out in any way we can. We are not a single individual, even though the blog may look like that. We are lucky to have each other to lean on.

07-27-2008, 08:56 PM
She had allegedly asked her husband, Brad, to move out of their residence but he refused.

Brad says she arose before 7 a.m. Saturday morning and left for a run with a friend. "No," says her husband, "she didn’t take a cell phone or any form of identity with her." She also appears to have broken her tradition of taking her car to a coffee house to meet her running partner. This experienced runner training for a half-marathon evidently broke her normal routing and appears not to have traveled along one of her normal running paths. In fact, police have yet to confirm that she actually left her home that morning at 7:00 a.m. as her husband stated. Where are the witnesses, independent of her husband, who saw her leave, or enter another car, or simply walk down the street that Saturday morning?

07-29-2008, 06:58 PM
More warrents in Nancy Cooper murder

By Ed CrumpCARY (WTVD) -- More search warrants have been served in the murder case of Nancy Cooper, including one for her husband's office at Cisco systems in RTP.
The warrants are sealed and they do not say much in writing.

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07-30-2008, 08:54 PM
Investigators focused on Brad Cooper

CARY (WTVD) -- Cary Police detectives are not saying anything publicly about the Nancy Cooper murder case, but there is a lot of work going on behind the scenes.

Eyewitness News has learned investigators are focused on Brad Cooper's sworn statement.


07-30-2008, 10:16 PM
Judge seals Cooper search warrants

Superior Court Judge signed two court affidavits this month that will allow Cary police to keep secret the items seized from the home of Nancy Cooper and from her husband's workplace.
Nancy Cooper, 34, disappeared on July 12. Her husband said he last saw her that morning when she went jogging.

A walker found Nancy Cooper's body two days later, dumped near a storm drain in an unfinished subdivision just outside of Cary, police reported.

In court documents made public today at the Wake County Clerk of Courts Office, Judge Donald Stephens agreed to sign documents allowing Cary investigators to seal search warrants they obtained from the Coopers' home at 104 Wallsburg Court in Cary and from Cooper's office with Cisco Systems at 7100 Kit Creek Road in Morrisville.

In addition to searching his workplace, Bradley Cooper has been court-ordered to submit saliva or blood samples to help police obtain his DNA profile.

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Topsail Girl
07-31-2008, 09:10 AM
And Then There Were Two

By Amanda Lamb
Posted: Jul. 30 4:36 p.m.
The comparisons between Nancy Cooper and Michelle Young started the first week Cooper's body was found. It was a natural leap- two young mothers killed in the prime of their lives when they had so much to look forward to, so much to offer the world. They were attractive, edcuated, and lived in nice neighborhoods that most people would classify as the epitome of the American suburban dream.


07-31-2008, 01:39 PM
Judge to hear case for unsealing Cooper warrants

RALEIGH - Attorneys for The News & Observer and Capitol Broadcasting Co. seek to have search warrants in the Nancy Cooper case unsealed. A hearing on their request is scheduled for this afternoon.
A superior court judge has sealed all the warrants related to the murder case.

Throughout their investigation into Cooper's murder, Cary police have asked a judge to keep warrants secret, including items seized from her home and from her husband's workplace.

In court documents made public this week, Superior Court Judge Donald Stephens agreed to allow investigators to seal warrants used to search the Coopers' home on Wallsburg Court in Cary and husband Bradley Cooper's office at Cisco Systems in Morrisville.

The documents state that releasing information about the items seized would "jeopardize the right of the State to prosecute a defendant or the right of a defendant to a fair trial or will undermine an ongoing or future investigation." The order seals the warrants for 30 days.

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07-31-2008, 01:42 PM
Judge could unseal warrants in Cooper case

Thursday, July 31, 2008 | 11:07 AM

RALEIGH, NC (WTVD) -- We could soon learn more details in the Nancy Cooper murder investigation if a Wake County judge unseals search warrants in the case.
Cooper, 34, was killed July 12. Her husband, Brad Cooper, said the last time he saw her she went on a morning jog. Her body was found three-days later close to a construction site in Wake County.
A judge is expected to decide during a hearing scheduled for Thursday whether to unseal the search warrants in the case to local media. The search warrants will reveal what police found in the couple's Cary home and in their two cars.

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07-31-2008, 11:44 PM
Judge Denies Request to Unseal Search Warrants in Nancy Cooper Murder Case

Thursday, July 31, 2008

A Superior Court judge denied the request by two media outlets that search warrants be unsealed in the murder case of North Carolina jogger and mother of two Nancy Cooper.


Police typically elaborate on why they want to comb a certain location in a search warrant and sometimes describe what they think might have befallen the victim.

Authorities executed such warrants for the house and two vehicles belonging to Nancy Cooper and her 34-year-old husband, Brad Cooper. They also took DNA samples from Brad Cooper.

Police have not named a suspect or person of interest in the young woman's killing. She and Brad Cooper had reportedly been on the brink of separation.

Three warrants are at issue: the July 16 search of the Coopers' house and vehicles along with the DNA sample taken from Brad Cooper, the July 21 search of Brad Cooper's office at Cisco Systems Inc. in the Research Triangle Park campus, and a July 25 search of an unspecified location, WRAL reported.

The warrants will be unsealed 30 days from the date they were returned — or about mid- to late-August
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07-31-2008, 11:50 PM
Cooper warrants will stay sealed

Updated: 07/31/2008 09:50 PM


The documents deal with evidence collected at the Cary home of Brad and Nancy Cooper. Brad Cooper was also asked to submit DNA samples. More recent warrants gave investigators access to Brad Cooper's work place, Cisco Systems in Morrisville, N.C.


But Wake County District Attorney Colon Willoughby said that releasing that information could jeopardize naming a suspect in the case.

And Judge Stephens, who originally made the decision to seal the documents, agreed.

"My concern is the affidavits for search warrants include a tremendous amount of hearsay information, much of which may not be admissible in a court of law," Stephens said.


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08-02-2008, 11:38 AM
Attorneys' Web page seeks to help find Nancy Cooper's killer

Raleigh, N.C. — Attorneys for a slain Cary woman's husband say they have set up a Web page to help police find out who killed her.

"We are reaching out in this way in an attempt to bring 21st century communication techniques to bear and to help motivate any possible witnesses to speak up now," Brad Cooper's attorneys, Howard Kurtz and Seth Blum, said in a statement Friday afternoon.

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08-02-2008, 11:40 AM
Web site hopes to help Cooper case

In a press release Friday, Kurtz & Blum said they are only posting information on the site that police have previously released to avoid compromising the investigation

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08-03-2008, 09:56 PM
Why killings aren't treated equally

News & Observer article about which murders receive the most media attention.


08-05-2008, 03:54 PM
Still no suspects named in Cooper murder case


Kristin Butler of the Raleigh News and Observer is a local reporter who has been covering the case from Cary. She has been immersed in the story since Nancy was first reported missing by a friend, and says she is surprised there hasn’t been an arrest yet.

“I am, and I really shouldn’t be, because investigations are not solved overnight,” Butler told the Medicine Hat News. “At the same time, this case was such an adrenaline rush in the beginning — there were new developments every day.”


While Nancy’s family has held numerous press conferences, it is Brad’s attorneys who have been speaking on his behalf. They have asked a judge to order prosecutors to release his wife’s autopsy report, arguing it is necessary to challenge the “unsubstantiated insinuations that he played a role in [Nancy] Cooper's death.” They have also set up a website to help in the murder investigation.

Butler has also not seen or heard from any member of Brad Cooper’s family. “I’m sure there’s a story there too,” she says. “So far, we’ve only been getting one side of the story.”

Butler says there is intense public interest in the details of the Cooper case, but it is not something she takes pleasure in covering.

“It’s certainly not fun for us to see these kinds of allegations made publicly . . . It’s not something we as reporters relish covering,” she said. “We as reporters understand there are people with families at the centre of it.”

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08-06-2008, 02:09 AM
Statement from Cisco Systems, employer of Brad Cooper
Issued July 30, 2008, by spokeswoman Kirsten Weeks

Cisco was deeply saddened to learn of the death of Nancy Cooper. We are providing our full support to
authorities in their investigation. Our thoughts are with the entire Cooper family as they cope with the loss
of a loved one.


08-06-2008, 12:04 PM
Cary News~Outlets are opening for people still needing to express their grief about the death of Nancy Cooper...

Read the complete article here-

Services Reach Out To The Grieving (http://www.carynews.com/front/story/9834.html)

08-06-2008, 01:28 PM
Raleigh, N.C. — In an affidavit filed late Tuesday, a friend of Nancy Cooper says she never went running with the slain Cary mother the morning she went missing.


08-06-2008, 07:04 PM
Cooper's friend: I didn't jog with Nancy

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In one part of the 13-page document he states, "Nancy left for her run around 7 a.m.. She usually ran with her friend, Carey, who lives in a condo a few minutes from our house."

But in a new affidavit submitted this week in the custody case, Carey Clark said, "I have no plans to run with Nancy Cooper on Saturday, July 12, 2008 and I never ran with Nancy Cooper on July 12, 2008."

That statement does not refute Brad's statements since he has never said he was certain that Nancy went running with Carey.

He simply stated that when none of Nancy's friends knew where she was he thought she might have run with Carey.

The latest affidavit from Carey Clark is apparently not a revelation to investigators and Nancy's friends.

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08-08-2008, 08:47 AM
Community coping over Cooper death

CARY (WTVD) -- While police continue to search for Nancy Cooper's killer, those close to her and those who had never even met the Cary mother are still grieving.

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08-12-2008, 04:15 PM
Police mark one month since Cooper murder, call case solvable

Cary, N.C. — Cary’s police chief marked the one-month anniversary of the death of Nancy Cooper on Tuesday by saying the murder will be solved.

“I want to express my absolute confidence that we will solve this terrible crime and bring the person or persons responsible to justice,” Chief Pat Bazemore said in an e-mailed statement.

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08-12-2008, 04:18 PM
Police: 'Cooper case still a top priority'


"While I will not comment on the specifics of our work, I will say that I am very pleased with the progress we're making and am very proud of the tireless and professional effort that is underway," the statement read.

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08-12-2008, 04:21 PM
Psychiatric test sought for Brad Cooper

CARY - Attorneys for Nancy Cooper's family want a judge to order the slain woman's husband to be evaluated by a psychiatrist.


Before then, Nancy Cooper's family wants a judge to order that Bradley Cooper be evaluated by a therapist and that those records be considered in the custody case. They have asked that a hearing be set for September 22.

Nancy Cooper's family and friends asserted in affidavits that Bradley Cooper suffers from suicidal tendencies and contemplated killing himself as recently as this winter. Bradley Cooper and his family have denied these claims in affidavits.

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08-13-2008, 10:22 AM

A month after former Edmonton-area woman Nancy Cooper was murdered in North Carolina police say they are making "good progress" in identifying her killer. Carey Police Chief Pat Bazemore says: "I want to express my absolute confidence that we will solve this terrible crime and bring the person or persons responsible to justice". Investigators may be waiting for the result of DNA analysis that could point them at a killer. Meanwhile, Nancy Cooper's family here in the Edmonton area has re-applied to have her husband Brad forced to undergo a psychological assessment. A hearing on the new application will be held on September 22nd...weeks before a custody hearing resumes for Cooper's two daughters Bella and Katie.

Local Edmonton radio station

08-15-2008, 01:37 PM
Judge extends seal on Cooper warrant until Monday

Raleigh, N.C. — A Wake County judge has ordered a search warrant in the murder investigation of a Cary woman to stay sealed until at least Monday.

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08-15-2008, 06:22 PM
One month later, still no suspect

CARY -- It’s been one month since the murder of Cary mother Nancy Cooper and no arrests have been made in the case.

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08-15-2008, 06:25 PM

Monday will be the day of the next major development in the now-month-old death of Nancy Cooper.

There are still no suspects in the murder of the former Edmontonian, near her home in North Carolina.

But on Monday, information police have gathered through warrants will have to be released... that is, unless the state can convince a judge to keep it sealed. The district attorney handling the case had said releasing the information would hurt the police investigation.

It's the reason a judge sided with the state, when two media outlets in North Carolina argued last month that the information be unsealed.

State law forces police to indicate a theory, before warrants are issued. They have so far, searched the home of Nancy and husband Brad Cooper, their vehicles, as well as his work.

They've also had Brad Cooper submit a DNA test.

( Local news Edmonton Alberta )

08-18-2008, 01:14 PM
Decision today on Nancy Cooper search warrant

EDMONTON - The Wake County district attorney's office will be in court this afternoon asking a judge to extend an order sealing a search warrant in the murder investigation of Nancy Cooper.

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08-18-2008, 02:41 PM
Judge rules to not unseal Cooper warrants

RALEIGH (WTVD) -- Monday a judge determined details in the Nancy Cooper murder case will not be revealed.

The 34-year-old mother of two was found murdered near her Cary home last month.
The searches in question could reveal what investigators found while searching Nancy and Brad Cooper's home and cars. The warrants also contain information on the submission of Brad's DNA and the search of his Cisco Systems officer in Research Triangle Park.


08-18-2008, 03:32 PM
The article says, "The Nancy Cooper search warrants will remain sealed until September 2 at 1 p.m."

BTW, the next scheduled Grand Jury assemblage in which CPD could present this case is 8/25/08.

08-19-2008, 09:54 AM
Cooper warrants sealed till Sept. 2

Lawyers for The News & Observer and WRAL-TV appealed to Stephens last month and again on Monday to make the records available. The records detail why police wanted to search the home Nancy Cooper shared with her husband, Bradley Cooper; their cars; and Bradley Cooper's office at Research Triangle Park. Police have collected blood or saliva to help capture a DNA profile from Bradley Cooper; they have also searched another location they have not disclosed. The search warrants would also contain a list of the items they seized.

Amanda Martin, a Raleigh attorney representing the media, urged the court to show what was peculiar about this case to require such secrecy. "This is happening without any specific articulation as to why this case is different," Martin said.

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08-22-2008, 11:08 AM
This is the initial Town of Cary press release on Saturday, July 12th, about missing jogger Nancy Cooper.


08-25-2008, 09:13 AM
Cooper's friends celebrate her birthday

08/25/2008 08:40 AM

CARY, N.C. -- Family and friends remembered Nancy Cooper Monday, a day that would have marked the 35th birthday of the murdered Cary mother.

Friends planned to set up a memorial at Java Jive in her honor.


08-25-2008, 05:02 PM
Friends Remember Nancy Cooper’s Birthday


Cary Police Chief Pat Bazemore released the following statement regarding Nany Cooper's Birthday:

“Knowing that this would have been Nancy's 35th birthday, our thoughts go out to her twin sister, Krista, and the rest of their family as they do their best to find and celebrate the good in today. We know that the best gift we could give them and our community is to bring an end to this terrible period in their lives, and we’re working hard each day with this in mind. I continue to be pleased with our progress in the case and thank the community for their participation in and support of our efforts.”

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08-25-2008, 05:18 PM
Friends remember Cooper on her 35th birthday


zelmajane posted this on the Birthday Memorial thread......thought I'd place a copy on this thread as well........thanks zelmajane :wave:

08-25-2008, 07:22 PM
Media appeal sealing of Cooper search warrants

WRAL and the News & Observer appealed Monday a week after a judge ordered three search warrants in the Nancy Cooper case to stay sealed until Sept. 2.


08-26-2008, 07:55 AM
On Nancy Cooper's 35th birthday, friends say it's hard

Cary police say they have no updates in their investigation of Cooper's killing, but the chief says an arrest would be the "best gift" to her friends and family.


There are two videos at this link, one of which mentions 'Websleuths online community.'

The birthday celebration at JJ's was set up by Websleuth's own ncnative! and additional Websleuth members participated in the celebration.
Way to go ladies and gent. A voice for the silenced.

08-26-2008, 07:58 AM
Cary chief cites progress in Cooper slaying

CARY - The chief of police says she's pleased with the progress in solving Nancy Cooper's death.

Chief Pat Bazemore issued a statement Monday, on what would have been the slain mother's 35th birthday.

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08-27-2008, 03:41 PM
Heavenly Birthday Wishes
By Amanda Lamb

Posted: Aug. 26 9:01 p.m.

Most of us don't think of our friends and families celebrating our birthdays after we are dead. That's because birthdays represent living one more year, making it to another milestone. Long after we pass the age of decorated cakes, party games and goodie bags, birthdays become a time of reflection, a time to take stock of how far we have come and what we have left to do.

Nancy Cooper would have turned thirty-five next week. She will never get a chance to reflect and muse about what she has accomplished-bringing two beautiful daughters into the world. She will never get a chance to ponder her future or dreams. Maybe she would have moved back to her native Canada, started a new career? We'll never know.

Nancy Cooper was found murdered not far from her Cary home on July 14.

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08-28-2008, 05:28 PM
Domestic homicide cases pose challenges for investigators


09-02-2008, 07:17 AM
Cooper search warrants could be unsealed Tuesday

A judge is scheduled to release three sealed warrants in the Nancy Cooper case Tuesday. The 34-year-old was found dead just outside Cary’s town limit on July 14.


09-02-2008, 02:11 PM

Cooper's Husband Went On Cleaning Binge


09-02-2008, 02:21 PM
SW House


SW Office


SW Computers and Hard drives


09-02-2008, 02:22 PM
Probable Cause Affidavit


09-02-2008, 06:32 PM

One of those deal with some keys and a cell phone found in the Coopers' home. Friends of Nancy's say she would have always gone out with her keys, holding them strategically in her fingers as a means of self-defence.

Another inconsistency deals with how clean the Coopers' home was when police went there. Brad Cooper admits he cleaned the home from top-to-bottom. But, police say his friends and family have said that he rarely cleaned the home before that.

Police still haven't revealed if they have any suspects. They're not commenting on the release of the files. They feel that doing so could compromise their investigation.

Nancy Cooper's family will only say that members have faith in the police. As for Brad Cooper, his lawyer did not immediately comment on the police warrants.

09-02-2008, 06:38 PM

The town of Cary's police chief, Pat Bazemore, released a statement on the search warrants becoming public today:

"Everyone must remember that investigations are as much about ruling things out as ruling things in and that it's the evidence that comes from a search warrant - not the warrant itself - that makes a difference in a case."

Nancy's father, Garry Rentz, said he has great confidence that police will find her killer.

"A resolution of this case would indeed be a wonderful gift to all of us," he said in a prepared statement. "We implore all the agencies engaged in this case to expedite a resolution."

The couple's daughters, ages two and four, are in the custody of Nancy Cooper's family in Edmonton.

09-03-2008, 01:58 AM
International Coverage (Guardian, UK)

Warrants unsealed in slain NC woman's case (AP)


09-03-2008, 11:01 AM
Police searched Cooper's computer
His behavior drew early police notice

Martha Quillin and Mandy Locke, Staff Writers

Police investigating Nancy Cooper's disappearance and death found her husband's words and actions so suspicious they asked to search his computers for instructions on how to kill someone and dispose of the body.
Search warrants in the case -- and supporting evidence officers used to request them -- were released Tuesday after being under seal for weeks.

In the documents, police describe Brad Cooper's uncharacteristic cleaning of the house while his wife was missing; unexplained scratches on his neck; and the discovery of Nancy Cooper's keys and cell phone in the house, when those who knew her said she kept them with her always.

Brad Cooper's attorneys say the revelations don't point to his guilt.

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09-03-2008, 12:33 PM
Kurtz & Blum Sept. 2, 2008, statement
A Sept. 2, 2008, statement from attorneys representing Brad Cooper:

Three search warrants related to the Nancy Cooper case were released this afternoon. This has been widely reported as a meaningful development. The release of these search warrants makes public the state of the police investigation as it was some six weeks ago. They contain nothing new and shed no light on who killed Nancy Cooper.

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09-03-2008, 06:51 PM

o you believe Brad Cooper will be charged with the murder of his wife, former Edmonton-area woman Nancy Cooper?
YES - Police appear to have had him as their prime suspect from day one
NO - I believe someone else killed Nancy Cooper

91.3 % voted yes

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09-11-2008, 12:31 PM
Friends asked to back up statements

Friends of Nancy Cooper have been asked to prove everything they have claimed about Nancy Cooper's troubled marriage to her husband Bradley.
According to court records, attorneys for Bradley Cooper have ordered his wife's friends to turn over their diaries, appointment books, phone records, pictures and anything else that might back up statements they made in affidavits filed after Nancy Cooper's death. Friends claimed that Bradley Cooper was emotionally unstable, unfaithful and had been very controlling and demeaning of his wife.


More than a dozen friends of Nancy Cooper challenged the subpoenas ordering them to turn over their personal information, saying the requests placed an undue burden and were unreasonable or oppressive


09-11-2008, 02:59 PM
Brad Cooper fires back, demands documents

Thursday, September 11, 2008 | 12:46 PM

RALEIGH (WTVD) -- The husband of a murdered Cary woman is firing back, making new insinuations against his deceased wife and her friends, who are pointing the finger at him.

According to documents filed by Brad Wednesday and earlier this week, there are insinuations that Nancy Cooper also had an affair.
Eyewitness News obtained the documents Thursday.

Brad asks that Nancy's friends produce any evidence they may have of "any sexual or romantic relationship Nancy Cooper had with any person other than her husband, Bradley Cooper."
The filings also demand Jessica Adams, the friend who called 911 to report Nancy missing, produce evidence of "any romantic relationship with any person other than your spouse."
She is asked to do the same with any evidence of any affairs her husband might have had.
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09-11-2008, 03:51 PM
Brad Cooper wants slain wife's friends to back up claims

Raleigh, N.C. — The husband of a slain Cary woman wants her friends to turn over any evidence they have to back up their claims that he was emotionally abusive and controlling in the months prior to her death.

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09-12-2008, 12:30 PM
Cooper custody case continues

Sullivan believes the documents requested in the subpoenas are not out of the ordinary when custody of children is at stake.

"If I were representing Brad Cooper, a party who is trying to get custody, I would want to know in advance everything the other side was going to say or use against me in a case to deprive me of custody of my children," he explained.

But Nancy's friends filed challenges to the subpoenas, saying they didn't have enough time to gather all the information by the Sept. 11 deadline given to them.

"It's the time factor, and then is it relevant? Is it unreasonable?" Sullivan said. "These are the issues a judge would want to take a look at."

While the legal battles play out in Raleigh, Nancy Cooper's parents have temporary custody of her two young daughters in Canada.

A judge will review the custody issue next month.

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09-12-2008, 12:42 PM
Cooper wants slain wife's friends to back up claims

Video report only, Amanda Lamb reporting.


09-13-2008, 11:39 AM
Custody battle over slain woman's kids

Canwest News Service
Published: Saturday, September 13, 2008

A custody battle is heating up over the two young children of a former Alberta woman who was found slain near her home in North Carolina this summer.

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09-16-2008, 09:33 PM

09-16-2008, 10:33 PM

Lawyers respond: Cooper counter-claim takes to the internet
Click here to email Brent Pushkarenko

Brad Cooper's lawyers have hit back at speculation and innuendo surrounding their client's alleged links to the Nancy Cooper murder.

According to the WRAL TV website, they've posted video footage from the morning of July 12th -- the day former Edmontonian Nancy Cooper disappeared in North Carolina, and two days before she was found dead.

The video on the website of the firm "Kurtz and Blum" shows Brad buying some fruit juice and Tide laundry detergent at a convenience store -- this was between the hours of six and seven in the morning.

The firm says this is intended to refute speculation that he was buying bleach.

Brad Cooper stands by his statement that his wife went out for a jog at about seven the morning of the 12th and never returned. The couple had been planning to separate.

Police in the Raleigh suburb of Cary continue their investigation. As yet, they have not identified any suspects. They're not commenting on the posted video footage.

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09-22-2008, 11:35 PM
Several media articles have been posted on the Crime and Justice Forum. This may be helpful to find articles that have now been moved from the original link:


09-22-2008, 11:36 PM
Posted: Sep. 18, 2008 3:38 a.m.
Updated: Sep. 18, 2008 3:38 a.m.

Brad Cooper is asking a judge to dismiss the custody case involving his two young daughters and is challenging claims from his slain wife's family that he is an unfit father, according to new court documents WRAL obtained Wednesday.


Topsail Girl
09-24-2008, 03:52 PM
Couple donates bench to honor Nancy


09-29-2008, 12:49 PM
Cooper custody battle returns to court

Raleigh, N.C. — The custody battle between the husband of a slain Cary woman and his children's maternal grandparents returned to court Monday.

Judge Debra Sasser addressed three motions:

The request by the parents of Nancy Cooper to have her husband, Brad Cooper, undergo comprehensive psychiatric examination and psychological testing to determine whether he is a danger to himself or his two young daughters;
The request by Brad Cooper's attorneys to limit the information he must disclose during deposition in the case; and
The request by Brad Cooper's attorneys to separate the evaluation of his fitness as a parent from the custody decision.

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09-29-2008, 12:53 PM
Judge orders evaluation of Bradley Cooper

RALEIGH - Bradley Cooper will have to submit to a psychological evaluation by an expert chosen by his wife's parents, a Wake District Court judge ruled today.
The decision came in a connection with a custody fight between Cooper and the parents of his slain wife, Nancy. The two sides are in a dispute over custody of Bradley and Nancy Cooper's daughters.

No one has been charged in the death of Nancy Cooper, a Cary stay-at-home mother whose body was found July 14 in an undeveloped area of a subdivision near her home. Under a temporary agreement, Nancy Cooper's parents and her sister have custody of her daughters, ages 4 and 2.

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Just the Fax
09-29-2008, 06:12 PM

Autopsy: Nancy Cooper likely strangled

09-29-2008, 07:19 PM

This news comes the same day Nancy's husband Brad was ordered to undergo a psychiatric evaluation, from a professional chosen by her family. This is ahead of a custody hearing October 16th. The couple's two daughters have been in the custody of Nancy's family.

Brad Cooper has repeatedly denied any involvement in his wife's death. It has been well documented that he and his wife had marital problems before she was found murdered.

The judge hearing the upcoming custody case says she will take into consideration everything, given how the safety of the two young girls is at stake.

09-30-2008, 12:31 PM
Affidavits from deputies filed in Cooper custody case

Raleigh, N.C. — Attorneys for Brad Cooper filed affidavits Monday of four Wake County deputies detailing the afternoon they went to serve an emergency custody order for his two young daughters.

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09-30-2008, 12:34 PM
Cooper girls' custody judge to weigh who killed mother

RALEIGH - For the sake of two little girls' futures, a Wake County District Court judge will have to wade into unfamiliar territory: Did their daddy kill their mommy?
The question is bubbling to the surface in a custody battle over Bella and Katie Cooper, daughters of Nancy Cooper, a 34-year-old Cary woman found dead in an unbuilt subdivision near her home this summer.

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Topsail Girl
10-09-2008, 03:11 PM
Detective: Cooper's Statements Inconsistent

Raleigh, N.C. — A Cary police detective who has watched the deposition of Brad Cooper says statements made under oath as part of a custody battle with his in-laws differ from what Cooper told police in the days after his wife's disappearance.


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Brad Cooper Grilled For Seven Hours But NOT By Police

Police in Carey, North Carolina say their investigation of Nancy Cooper's murder is being hindered by her husband's refusal to fully co-operate. The lead investigator in the July 12th murder of the former Edmonton area woman says Brad Cooper "has not been willing to come to the police department to assist in the investigation" despite formal requests from Cary police to do so. Cary police Detective George Daniels, who has watched a video deposition Brad Cooper gave, said in an affidavit filed ysterday that statements

In his deposition Cooper admitted details of an affair he had with one of his wife's friends but then said Nancy had her own problems. He said she spent more than the family could afford and she drank too much for his liking. Brad Cooper also revealed he has hired his own investigator but WRAL-TV says he refused to tell attorneys for his wife's family why, citing lawyer-client privilege.

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10-12-2008, 09:58 PM
Memorial Dedication held for Nancy Cooper

Cary, N.C. — Family and friends of a slain Cary mother gathered Sunday for a small ceremony. The memorial dedication for Nancy Cooper came just days after her husband's video deposition was released.

Nancy Cooper's family flew from Canada to Cary to be at the ceremony held at Regency Park.

“We feel at home here, as she did. And you have all done her proud through your love and support,” said Jill Dean, Nancy Cooper's sister.

Those who showed up Sunday to support the family were mostly close friends of Nancy Cooper.

Nancy Cooper, 34, was reported missing July 12

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10-14-2008, 08:34 AM
Judge will hear Cooper custody battle

RALEIGH – The family of murdered Cary mother Nancy Cooper and her husband, Brad Cooper, went to court Monday to continue the fight for custody of the couple's two young daughter.


Nancy Cooper's family claims that Brad Cooper frequently yelled at their daughter and belittled her. They also said he kept money from Nancy and had extramarital affairs.

Brad Cooper's ex-fiance, Jennifer Ball, also made accusations in a statement about their relationship in the late 90s.

"Brad was emotionally abusive to me. He constantly belittled me to other people. He frequently berated me about my weight and my physical appearance," Ball said. "He was emotionally detached and mentally cruel."

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10-14-2008, 08:38 AM
Former fiancee says Cooper frightened her

RALEIGH - Bradley Cooper frightened his former fiancee so much that she moved out of her apartment when she discovered he had been going into her home when she wasn't around, she said.
Jennifer Windsor Ball, who was engaged to Cooper, said in an affidavit that he emotionally abused and neglected her during their year and a half relationship in the late 1990s. He later met and married Nancy Cooper.

"He constantly belittled me to other people," Ball said in the affidavit. "I had never before, and have never again, been in a relationship with someone who treated me so poorly."

Ball's statements echo descriptions that Nancy Cooper's friends have offered about her marriage before she was murdered in July.

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10-14-2008, 08:49 AM
Brad Cooper in court, former fiancée speaks


Attorneys for Nancy Cooper's family insist Cooper is a danger to his children.
"We are going to try to prove that Brad Cooper was involved in the murder of Nancy Cooper," one of the lawyers for Nancy's family said.


Late Monday afternoon, attorneys for Cooper filed three subpoenas in which they command the Cary Police Department to turn over all the evidence gathered to this point in the Nancy Cooper murder investigation.
They want all hard drives seized as evidence in the case, Cooper's laptop and the Cooper family computers.
They also request any and all video and recordings of any interview conducted with Cooper regarding the murder of Nancy.
The attorneys also seek from Cary Police all notes of interviews, lists of suspects, lists of witnesses, all exculpatory evidence and statements, physical evidence and personal property of Nancy seized in the investigation.
The subpoenas ask for all of this by Tuesday morning at 10 a.m.

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10-15-2008, 01:46 PM
Filings continue over Cooper custody


Brad Cooper's attorneys told News 14 Carolina Tuesday afternoon they want the investigation information to show the judge there isn't any evidence linking Brad to his wife's murder.

Stephanie Jenkins is a family lawyer and former prosecutor who is not involved with the Cooper case. She believes the civil court judge will have to determine what information she needs to review to decide for herself if Brad was involved in his wife's murder and if he is fit to care for his daughters.

“You're not talking about finding him guilty of anything in a civil case,” Jenkins said. “You're talking about what's in the best interest of the children and whether or not he had any involvement in his wife's murder or any cover up of it. That's certainly something the judge may consider when she's trying to decide his fitness as a parent.”

“He hasn't been charged with any crime and in North Carolina, as the sole surviving parent of these children, he has a constitutionally protected right to custody of his children until the judge in this case finds he's acted inconsistent with that right,” she said.

The judge is scheduled to start hearing the custody case Thursday. She’s expected to rule on the motion to quash the subpoenas before


10-15-2008, 02:27 PM
NC reported seen on July 12th jogging after 7:10 am...

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10-16-2008, 08:28 PM

10-17-2008, 02:00 PM

A judge says she needs more time to review evidence, including Web chats and a seven-hour taped deposition, in the legal dispute over who will have custody of the two young daughters of Brad Cooper and his slain wife, Nancy.
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Sasser could rule as early as Monday.

10-18-2008, 11:51 AM
Widower stands to collect insurance in wife's slaying

The husband of Nancy Cooper, a former Edmonton resident slain in North Carolina this summer, said he stands to collect a $75,000 life insurance policy as a result of her death.


10-18-2008, 12:46 PM
Judge weighs custody of Cooper girls

10-18-2008, 12:52 PM

10-18-2008, 01:50 PM
Canwest News Service
Published: Thursday, October 16, 2008

(Insurance seems to be a theme in the Canadian coverage)

10-20-2008, 03:09 PM
RALEIGH (WTVD) -- It appears it could be some time before a ruling is made public in the custody battle over murder victim Nancy Cooper's children.

Eyewitness News has learned that some evidence brought up at last week's hearing -- evidence like video and audio recordings of Web camera calls between Brad Cooper and his children -- may still need to be copied and made available.
Even then the legal process of issuing a ruling with details both sides have hashed out could take days. That may be why the judge in the case has allowed the Cooper children to return to Canada with Nancy Cooper's identical twin sister, Krista Lister.......


Topsail Girl
10-22-2008, 01:51 PM
Judge grants temporary custody to Nancy Cooper's family


10-22-2008, 06:53 PM


(Full Statement)

The following statement from Garry Rentz is available for your use regarding the custody decision in the Nancy Cooper civil case. In keeping with Chief Bazemore's direction, the Town of Cary will not answer questions or provide updates on the criminal investigation.

This is a very good day for Nancy, her children, and our entire family.

We are extremely grateful to Judge Sasser for her careful and thorough attention to our case. We could not have asked for a more fair or deliberate process and are confident that she acted in the best interest of not just our grandchildren but all children who may be in a similar circumstance.

Of course we want to thank our fantastic legal team for helping us work within the system to achieve the appropriate outcome.

And we want to reiterate our continuing support of the Cary Police Department and the Wake County District Attorney’s Office for the unending attention they are giving to bringing Nancy’s murderer to justice.

We also want to thank the people of this area and those throughout the nation and in our own home of Canada that continue to support us and keep our family in their thoughts and prayers. It really does make a difference.

And we want to express our family’s deep gratitude for the respectful and professional manner in which the media have been telling our story, and we appreciate your continued interest. As you know several months ago we declined requests for interviews for at least until the time when the custody matter was somewhat resolved.

We’ve talked about it as a family, and we’ve decided to maintain that position until our story has an end. We’re not sure at this point if the ‘end’ is when there’s an arrest or after a trial, but for us we know we’re just not there yet. We think ours may become a story that could be beneficial to tell, but it’s too soon to know. So, as has been the case since we arrived in North Carolina in mid-July, we ask that if you remain interested in possibly sitting down with us at some point in the future to tell our story, please make sure that the Town of Cary Public Information Office has your contact information. Susan Moran and Deanna Boone have exceeded our expectations for support throughout this trying period, and we plan to continue to work with them on the best way to meet our goals on telling our story when the time comes.

Again, thank you very much for all that you’ve been doing.

Garry and Donna Rentz and family

10-22-2008, 07:53 PM
Cooper girls to stay with mother's family


The custody decision is temporary, and it does not strip Bradley Cooper of his parental rights.

Bradley Cooper's attorneys did not immediately return calls.

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10-22-2008, 07:57 PM
Slain Jogger's Parents Win Custody Ruling
Brad Cooper Will Not Get Custody of His Two Daughters for Now


Seth Blum, one of Cooper's attorneys, told ABC News affiliate WDTV reporter Ed Crump that his client is innocent is still deciding whether to appeal the custody decision.

Adding that his client misses his children, Blum told Crump that the hearing over full custody is a "different animal."

Wake Court District Judge Debra Sasser, who presided over the Cooper custody case, made it clear at the start of the hearing that the ongoing murder investigation would certainly play a role in her decision.

According to the Raleigh News & Observer, Sasser said during the court hearing Sept. 29, "I am not going to avoid the elephant in the room: Did Brad Cooper kill his wife?"

"That's what I have to determine in this custody case if no one is charged and convicted in Nancy Cooper's death before the custody hearing."

Nancy Cooper's family and Brad Cooper, the girls' father, have been fighting over custody of the two kids since she was found strangled in an undeveloped subdivision July 14.

Her husband, Brad Cooper, may have been the last person to see Nancy and told police that his wife went jogging and never returned.

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10-24-2008, 02:54 PM
Cooper girls will remain in Canada
Sister of slain Cary woman gets temporary custody of children, ages 4 and 2


Wednesday's decision is another temporary custody order and will lapse after a certain period of time. The judge did not strip Cooper of his parental rights but selected a living arrangement she thought would be in the best interest of Bella and Katie.

Cooper's attorneys could challenge Sasser's decision at the N.C. Court of Appeals. Blum said they'll await the final order before making that decision.

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10-27-2008, 05:51 PM
Brad Cooper indicted.


10-28-2008, 12:00 AM
38 second video of BC's appearance in front of the magistrate


10-28-2008, 09:07 AM

Hopefully this link posts properly.

10-28-2008, 03:26 PM
Brad Cooper asks for court-appointed attorney

Raleigh, N.C. — Brad Cooper stood expressionless and said nothing Tuesday afternoon as he faced a judge for the first time since being charged with murder in the July death of wife, Nancy Cooper.

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10-28-2008, 03:37 PM
Videos Only, thank you to WRAL

Brad Cooper Indicted


Brad Cooper Appears Before a Magistrate


News conference on Brad Cooper's arrest


Nancy Cooper's Friends React After Husband's Arrest


10-29-2008, 04:40 AM
Much more at link but this part jumped right out:

..."At NCSU, Brad Cooper seemed reserved but likable enough, classmate Joey D'Antoni said in an interview Tuesday. It wasn't until several MBA students took a class trip to France last spring that D'Antoni started to wonder about Cooper.

Just days into the trip, Cooper paired off with a young French woman in the program. D'Antoni saw him slip his wedding ring off and spend more time her.

"He said he was going to leave his wife," D'Antoni said, adding that Cooper promised the young woman he would stay in France longer."...


10-29-2008, 09:16 AM

Murder charge not father's biggest worry
Former Albertan mostly wants to be with daughters, his lawyer says

EDMONTON - Brad Cooper is more concerned about being away from his daughters than his arrest for the murder of his wife, one of his lawyers says.

"He is very sad," said Seth Blum, who is representing Cooper alongside lawyer Howard Kurtz. "He is certainly concerned for what's happening to him, but his greatest concern is that he is not with his daughters."

Cooper is being held in the Wake County Prison in North Carolina without bail.


Blum said that since Brad Cooper has now been charged, he looks forward to reviewing the state's case against him.


"We've been told very little, despite asking repeatedly," Blum said. "We look forward to the opportunity to evaluate everything and see if their is a case against him."

10-29-2008, 10:31 AM
Cooper assigned public defender


McCarthy and others who ran and walked the same Cary trail where Nancy Cooper was reportedly last seen said the husband's arrest was a kind of closure.

"I feel safer and I'm just glad it's done and it's over with, and I'm going back to my routine," McCarthy said.

It was also a relief for Cheri Reed, who owns the Java Jive coffee shop where Nancy Cooper would often stop after her morning run.

"When I heard the news on TV last night, my hair stood on end," Reed said. "I was actually very relieved. I was happy to hear the news."

Though Brad Cooper's arrest and indictment are not proof that he is responsible, some say it validates their suspicions.

"I'm hoping to see him arrested, go to jail for the crime that in my mind and heart I know he committed," Reed said. "I'd like to see it just be done and over."

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10-29-2008, 12:39 PM
Much more at link but this part jumped right out:

..."At NCSU, Brad Cooper seemed reserved but likable enough, classmate Joey D'Antoni said in an interview Tuesday. It wasn't until several MBA students took a class trip to France last spring that D'Antoni started to wonder about Cooper.

Just days into the trip, Cooper paired off with a young French woman in the program. D'Antoni saw him slip his wedding ring off and spend more time her.

"He said he was going to leave his wife," D'Antoni said, adding that Cooper promised the young woman he would stay in France longer."...


Will the prosecution be able to subpeona the French girl to testify? If she testifies about any sort of sexual relations it would be a BOMBSHELL to quote our friend, NG. I'm one of many that have suspected an overseas affair between these two since the beginning.

10-30-2008, 04:44 PM

Search of Brad Cooper's home after his arrest.

10-31-2008, 02:19 AM
Prosecutors will determine if BC eligible for DP by 12/05/08


Topsail Girl
10-31-2008, 10:45 AM

2nd warrant info released!!

10-31-2008, 01:05 PM

11-02-2008, 03:15 PM
Mother's murder may test Tories' clemency policy
North Carolina Killing

Randy Boswell , Canwest News Service
Published: Saturday, November 01, 2008

In a case tailor-made to test the Conservative government's shifting stance on seeking clemency for Canadians facing execution abroad, a former Calgary man charged with killing his wife in North Carolina will learn next month whether U. S. prosecutors intend to seek the death penalty if he is convicted.

Brad Cooper, 35, was arrested last week and indicted for first-degree murder in the July strangling death of his wife, Nancy Cooper, near the couple's home in Cary, N. C.


during a September court hearing in Smith's lawsuit over the new policy the government's lawyer clarified Canada's official stance, saying the non-intervention policy would indeed apply in all cases in any democratic country.

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Topsail Girl
11-04-2008, 10:39 AM
Link to Amanda Lamb's Blog Entry about Nancy


11-05-2008, 11:01 AM

11-06-2008, 09:14 AM
Updating The Nancy Cooper Murder In North Carolina


Accused wife-killer Brad Cooper will know in a month if prosecutors in Cary, North Carolina will seek the death penalty. Cooper was charged with first degree murder of his wife Nancy, a former Edmonton-area woman late last month. WRAL-TV in Raleigh reports a hearing, to be held on December 5th in North Carolina, will determine if the state will seek the death penalty if he is found guilty. In related developments, police have again searched the home the Coopers shared in Cary. They collected more of Nancy's footwear and a diamond pendant necklace that friends said she never left the house without. They supplied pictures of Nancy wearing the pendant while swimming. For his part, Cooper's lawyers have asked a judge to seal the custody order for his two daughters...claiming its release could taint potential members of a jury.


11-07-2008, 11:31 PM
"The Internet can tell people practically anything they need to know, and police are using that fact to crack some of the Triangle's highest-profile cases."
"If you've done searches on strangulation and the cause of death in a homicide is strangulation, that's a circumstance that someone is going to look at," Knudson said. "Those sets of circumstances can be really compelling to a jury – that kind of information – because it's difficult for someone to manipulate after the fact."

Full article at link:

11-11-2008, 05:32 PM

11-13-2008, 01:36 PM

11-15-2008, 10:44 PM
Ran across this tonight and even though it's a few weeks old I found it an interesting read.


11-21-2008, 10:56 AM

11-21-2008, 11:47 AM
Cooper custody documents become public


In it, Sasser concludes that Bradley Cooper "engaged in a controlling behavior toward Nancy Cooper, limiting her access to funds and taking her off all credit cards and banking accounts."

She also determined that statements Bradley Cooper has made about the family's finances and about his cleaning patterns weeks earlier were inconsistent and not credible.

Sasser also concluded that Bradley Cooper was in a tough situation, and the stress was mounting in the home.

"Brad Cooper does not seem to appreciate the potential negative effects on the children of having to live in a household filled with stress and the disruptions caused by a contentious custody battle and an ongoing criminal investigation," Sasser said in her order.

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11-22-2008, 02:30 PM
Cooper's mail to girls may be screened
Custody order outlines limitations on suspect's contact with his daughters

RALEIGH - Even the cards Brad Cooper sends his daughters from jail might be screened to make sure they won't disturb the two young girls.
Cooper, 35, is charged with killing his wife, Nancy Cooper, who is the girls' mother.

A custody order made public Friday puts such tight restrictions on Cooper's contact with his daughters that he'll have to watch them grow up in pictures -- which a judge said must be mailed to him monthly at the Wake County jail.

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11-24-2008, 06:29 PM
104 Wallsburg Court, the 12-room home was listed Monday on the Triangle real estate market at $349,900.

Described in the listing as a "brick-front beauty in desirable Lochmere," it has spacious rooms, "tons of storage, four bedrooms, 2½ baths and a bonus room.


12-05-2008, 06:21 AM
Nancy Cooper's e-mail was from her lawyer

RALEIGH - Brad Cooper was intercepting his wife's e-mail and read some messages the day before she disappeared, according to a search warrant made public Thursday.
The document also says some notes intercepted earlier were between Nancy Cooper and her lawyer, who was drafting a separation agreement between the Cary couple.
The search warrant application, signed this month by a Cary Police Department detective, says investigators searched a laptop computer belonging to Brad Cooper's employer and assigned to him. They learned that all incoming e-mail to Nancy Cooper's account was being copied and sent to an account associated with Brad Cooper's Web site.
The document doesn't say what was in the e-mail messages. In the warrant application, detectives requested permission to search a Google e-mail account associated with Bradley Cooper. An examination of the laptop indicated Brad Cooper read e-mail messages sent to his wife's account three times on July 11, the document said.

More at link


12-05-2008, 08:25 AM
Filed Dec 5, 2008


12-05-2008, 10:54 AM
No death penalty for Brad.


Topsail Girl
12-30-2008, 04:53 PM
Judge issues formal injunction in Cooper custody case


02-12-2009, 10:16 AM