Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Brad Cooper: North Carolina; First degree murder appeal to be heard today; Google map search played a major role in the conviction; Judge's decisions relating to expert witnesses sought by defence under attack. "Dishonest" and "inept" police work alleged. WRAL.

"The North Carolina Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments Tuesday morning in the high-profile case of a Cary man serving life in prison for strangling his wife and dumping her body in an unfinished housing development nearly five years ago. Brad Cooper, 39, was found guilty in May 2011 of first-degree murder in the July 2008 death of 34-year-old Nancy Cooper, whose body was found in a drainage ditch in a cul-de-sac of an undeveloped subdivision near their Cary home. The appeal of his conviction will be heard before a three-judge appellate panel at 9:30 a.m. and will be streamed live on WRAL.com.  Arguments in the case focus on three rulings that a Wake County Superior Court judge made regarding a Google Maps search of the site where Nancy Cooper's body was found – the only concrete evidence linking Brad Cooper to the crime. The state argued the search was made the day before Nancy Cooper disappeared, but defense attorneys claimed the computer had been hacked and that the evidence had been planted on the machine. The judge ruled that two witnesses the defense presented to support their argument, however, could not testify. One was a network security professional but wasn't qualified as a forensics computer analyst. The second witness wasn't allowed, partly because the judge found that his name was not on a potential witness list as required by law......... Defense attorneys argued that Nancy Cooper went jogging on the morning of her death and never returned home. The investigation into her death was marred by "dishonest" and "inept" police work, they said, alleging that investigators never looked beyond Brad Cooper as a suspect because they were concerned that a random murder would tarnish Cary's reputation as a safe community. Jurors deliberated for three days before returning their guilty verdict.
The jury foreman said a month after the trial that the map evidence "drove the outcome" of the case and caused "a lot of the other circumstantial evidence to become relevant and credible." Brad Cooper's defense attorney, Howard Kurtz, has said he is hopeful for an appeal and believes "we have a tremendously good chance."



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