Shortly after Nancy’s body was found, Investigator Grier mailed a letter to the medical examiner, Dr. Butts requesting a time of death and blood alcohol level. What I only recently realized is that he stated in his letter that Nancy was last seen alive shortly after midnight the morning of July 12th. She left the party at around that time and returned home, but Brad told police he last saw her that morning at around 7 AM, just before she left the house to go jogging, and Grier never mentioned that in the letter.
The medical examiner, believing she could possibly have died as early as “shortly after midnight”, determined the TOD to include the period shortly after midnight until noon.
RALEIGH — Dr. John Butts, who oversaw the autopsy of Nancy Cooper, testified Friday that she could have died anytime during a 12-hour period on July 12, 2008, which could support the theories of both the prosecution or defense. http://www.thetimesnews.com/articles/tweets-42266-day-twitter.html
Had Cary police not presented that time, completely misleading him since they had nothing to indicate that Brad Cooper was lying, I believe it is likely he would have estimated the TOD to be later and consistent with Brad last seeing her at around 7 AM.
The blood alcohol level was consistent with her having had several hours to metabolize it, caffeine was found in her system consistent with her having morning coffee, and her stomach was empty – indicating that she had 4-6 hours to digest all the food while she slept.
This among many things illustrates the immediate and focused case against Brad Cooper. An ethical investigator would have provided the ME with ALL the information about when Nancy was last seen, NOT just the information that supported their theory. This is unacceptable.
Please watch this short video of Grier’s testimony about the letter he sent to Dr. Butts.