Man's Laptop Pointed to Wife's Body

He looked at satellite images of site before her slaying
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 14, 2011 3:24 PM CDT
Bradley Cooper listens to testimony in this file photo.   (AP Photo/The News & Observer, Shawn Rocco)

(Newser) – When the FBI’s cybercrime squad examined Bradley Cooper’s laptop, they found that he’d been scoping out satellite photos of the dirt road where his wife’s body was found—just hours before she disappeared. The Google map images were viewed at 1:15pm on July 11, 2008, a detective working with the squad testified yesterday. Hours later, Nancy Cooper was seen for the last time at a neighborhood party, the Raleigh News & Observer reports.

Prosecutors contend that Cooper strangled his wife after that party, and left her at the dirt road, but the map, found on a password-protected laptop, is perhaps their strongest evidence so far. Other witnesses have testified to seeing hay and white mica, similar to samples found near the body, in Cooper’s home and on his shoe. But neither substance was collected as evidence or tested. The defense has called police investigators “inept,” and insisted on Cooper's innocence. Today, his attorneys argued that Cooper's laptop could have been hacked, notes WRAL-TV.

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