Samuel James Cooper Denied New Trialon March 8, 2012 in Serial Killers by Brian Combs
The North Carolina Court of Appeals denied Samuel James Cooper’s petition for a new trial. He is serving life in prison for the shooting deaths of five men.
Cooper was arrested in 2007 in an unrelated bank robbery. He subsequently admitted to murdering five men during robberies and burglaries in 2006 and 2007.
Cooper’s attorneys claimed their client was coerced into confessing, and that his Fifth Amendment right to remain silent was violated. They also argued that the judge gave improper instructions on how to make a finding of first-degree murder, and that Cooper did not have the mental capacity to weigh the consequences of his actions.
The three-judge appeals panel unanimously disagreed with these claims.