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Cary man pleads guilty in wife’s death in 2008

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — A man awaiting a new trial in the death of his wife six years ago has pleaded guilty to lesser charges.

Multiple media outlets reported that 40-year-old Brad Cooper pleaded guilty to second-degree murder on Monday in Raleigh.

Cooper responded “yes” when Superior Court Judge Paul Gessner asked him if he had killed Nancy Cooper in 2008 and dumped her body near their home in Cary.

He had been convicted of first-degree murder in 2011. The North Carolina Court of Appeals overturned Brad Cooper’s conviction last year. The North Carolina Supreme Court refused to review the case.

As part of a plea deal, Cooper had to consent to the adoption of his daughters, now 8 and 10. They are now living with Nancy Cooper’s sister.

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