One of the most unbelievable, yet memorable parts of the trial was Teresa Hackeling’s testimony about the rolled up sports bra. For those unfamiliar with the details, Nancy Cooper was found wearing only a sports bra and it was rolled up in the back. Brad told police that Nancy left to go running at approximately 7AM the morning she disappeared. The State’s theory is that Brad murdered her in their home, dressed her in only a sports bra and then transported the body to a drainage ditch in a construction area on Fielding Drive.
The prosecutors wanted Ms. Hackeling to testify about her experiences with sports bras since she is female, she is a runner, she wears sports bras and she is a doctor. According to prosecutors, the fact that she is a physician allowed them to share photos of the body with her. What did they hope to gain with this testimony? They wanted jurors to believe that since the sports bra was “rolled up” in the back, that must have indicated that someone else put it on Nancy because of course she would have straightened it had she dressed herself. Seriously. Could this get anymore ridiculous? Do you think the judge allowed this testimony? Of course! You can read the transcript about all of this, including the judge’s ruling here.