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Cooper’s statement Dec 29th

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We are listening to a recording of Fred Cooper’s statement from December 29th, 2005 at 6:04 p.m.

This is after Cooper gave detectives his camo jacket.

Detectives are going over Cooper’s relationship with Kellie – and the fact they’ve been together six years and have a five year old daughter.

They’ve lived in Bonita Springs for a few months.

He tells detectives he and Kellie were separating and he was going to move out, but his mother was going to stay in the home.

It was Kellie’s idea to separate. He wasn’t treating her the way she deserved. He says “I get agitated pretty quick.”

He says he didn’t know she was seeing someone until he went to the sheriff’s office on the 27th.

Fred says Kellie told him they she had only been seeing Steven for a few weeks and only after they separated. (this was on the way home from their first trip to the sheriff’s office on the 27th)

Fred says he didn’t know exactly where the Andrews lived, just that it was in Gateway.

Detective says Fred hasn’t been totally truthful. One of the things detectives say he lied about was that he hadn’t been to Gateway recently.

Detective says “it’s not a matter of did you do this? It’s a matter of why.”

“It’s only a question of why you did it”

Detective says he has a picture of Fred near the Andrews house. Says he knows Fred isn’t a “villain”

Detectives show Fred photos of the 7-11 surveillance video showing a yellow motorcycle. Fred says it’s not him.

“You tell me how that’s me?”

“That shows a yellow bike with somebody on it. That does not show me”

Now detectives are asking Fred about the bar code for the gate at Village Walk where Fred lives.

Security log shows Fred pulled in at 3:01 a.m. He says that isn’t true.

Detectives are saying Michelle had defensive wounds and are talking about DNA.

Detective: “there’s no doubt in my mind you did this” “don’t dig a hole here”

Statement is complete.


Written by Melissa Hudson

October 8, 2008 at 4:27 pm

Cooper’s statement cont’d (new details added 10/15)

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The prosecution is still playing the recording of Fred’s first statement to deputies.

They were off tape for a few minutes.

Interview with Fred on December 27th continues…

You see how this looks, do you have any idea how something like this happened? – detective asks

“I don’t see her doing something like this” – Fred says about Kellie.

You see how this looks for you? – detective

Do they know what time this happened? asked Fred.

Detectives say the murder happened sometime around midnight.

Fred says he has never been to Steve and Michelle’s house. He says they won’t find his DNA because he wasn’t there. “I wasn’t there. I did not do this.”

Detectives asked about his scratches again. Says he got them working, happens everyday.

Says he wasn’t there at the Gateway house.

Detective says that’s hard to believe, he was distraught about his relationship with Kellie ending.

Do you treat her that badly. He says he’s a little disrespectful sometimes, but never touches her.

“How do you explain all this? This looks bad” – detective

Says his mom saw him go back in the house that night.  She was getting a glass of water.

“You still don’t have an alibi” “all the motive in the world” – detectives.

Says he worked on the carbeurator and lights.

They asked Fred if anyone saw him that night. He says his neighbor might have – who lives on the right hand side. Not sure what time says he had been out there for a while.

“Looks pretty bad for you” – detective.

“You never followed her to see where she was going.” “I never suspected she was seeing somebody. ”

Kellie told him he wasn’t treating her right when they broke up.  He says he didn’t like it but there was nothing he could do about it.

What did Kellie say when you talked to her about this? Fred says not much. She started crying and she wanted to verify it.

Says he heard it from one of the TV stations and verified it from the News Press website. Says it was right on the home page.

Interview complete around 9:30 p.m.

Written by Melissa Hudson

October 8, 2008 at 3:46 pm