RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina appeals court will decide whether a suburban Raleigh man convicted of strangling his estranged wife was able to mount a full defense or needs a new trial.
The state Court of Appeals heard arguments Tuesday into whether attorneys for Bradley Cooper of Cary were thwarted from presenting their best case before his 2011 conviction.
Cooper's lawyer Ann Petersen says the trial judge wrongly denied two witnesses who would have testified someone could have remotely tampered with Cooper's computer. Cooper's lawyers say someone planted a map onto the Canadian native's computer showing where 34-year-old Nancy Cooper's body was found in 2008.
Prosecutors say the map search was performed before she disappeared. State attorneys say the judge's decision had little effect because prosecutors had overwhelming evidence Cooper was guilty.
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