A detective with the Cary Police Department testified in court Friday that anger was Brad Cooper's motive for choking and killing his wife, Nancy Cooper.
"The motive that I saw at that point was motive of anger. The motive of pent up aggression that at some point he just couldn't take it anymore," detective George Daniels testified.
Daniels said a combination of information led him to believe Cooper killed his wife.
"It was a domestic incident that occurred. And, I believe that was homicide," Daniels stated.
Daniels testified there were numerous inconsistencies between Cooper's deposition and what he told police. Information from an FBI investigation shows Cooper used his computer the night of July 11, 2008 sometime after 9:30 p.m., but Cooper told police he was asleep in bed at 9 p.m. and didn't get up until the next morning.
"It boils down to the simple fact that this was a domestic issue that exploded," Daniels explained of the Cooper's relationship.
An alleged stain on the dress Nancy wore the night before she disappeared raised concerns. Brad Cooper told police he washed that dress because it had a stain on it.
"I'm thinking that yes, in fact there might have been a stain from where he choked her," Daniels said of the dress.
Brad Cooper is charged with first-degree murder in the 2008 death of his wife Nancy Cooper. Her body was found less than three miles from the couple's home in an unfinished subdivision.
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