Justice for Brad

Case Summaries

Evidence that was obscured, ignored, withheld or destroyed

  • The tire tracks at Fielding Drive drove right up to where Nancy's body was found. The tracks didn't match the Cooper's vehicles but police never bothered to cast them to try to identify the make/model of the vehicle.
  • Footprints were found inches from the body but the police failed to cast them or take detailed photographs.
  • A cigarette butt was found adjacent to the tire tracks but police didn't test it for DNA evidence until weeks before the trial (almost 3 years later).
  • Wiring found near the body was also not tested until weeks before the trial.
  • The insect larvae were improperly handled as police put them in a locker for two weeks. By the time they were tested few live specimens remained.
  • The Cary police neglected to interview Bella Cooper (age 4 ½ at the time) even though the officer testified (outside the jury's presence) that Clea Morwick reported that Bella saw her mother that morning in black shorts and a white t-shirt. Numerous other witnesses contacted Cary police after seeing a jogger that morning with the exact same description that Bella gave, but were ignored for three full months.
  • The Cary police neglected to subpoena Google for the cookie records on Brad's laptop computer, even though the FBI suggested it.
  • The Cary police waited until the expiration of the Google Privacy Policy to turn the computer over to the defense team. The Google cookie records could have proven who did the actual search of Fielding Drive on Google Maps.
  • Nancy Cooper's Blackberry phone could have contained exculpatory evidence but we will never know because Detective Young wiped all data from it and destroyed the SIM card. This occurred by entering an incorrect code 10 times (x2); once for the SIM card and again for the phone itself. Warnings were displayed that further action would wipe all data but he proceeded anyway. The defense attorneys weren't notified of the cell phone data wipe until 9 months later, when it was too late to retrieve the detailed, forensic level records from AT&T. They could have contained text messages, Facebook information, cell phone tower data and more.