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RALEIGH, N.C. — A Cary man who was convicted of strangling his estranged wife will get a new trial, a North Carolina appeals court decided Tuesday.

WTVD reports Bradley Cooper’s retrial is the result of a decision of a three-judge panel of the state Court of Appeals, which heard arguments in April on whether defense attorneys were thwarted from presenting their best case before Cooper’s first-degree murder conviction in 2011.

Nancy Cooper, 34, went missing in July 2008. Her husband said she went out for a jog and never returned. Her body was later found in a drainage ditch at the end of a cul-de-sac at an unfinished subdivision less than three miles from the couple’s home.

During his trial in 2011, prosecutors argued Cooper killed his wife because she planned to divorce him and move with their two daughters to Canada.

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