The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil,
but because of those who look on and do nothing.

~~~ Albert Einstein

Saturday, January 14, 2006

Fred Cooper, Andrews Murder Suspect

Fred Cooper, the man accused in the horrid murders of Michelle and Steven Andrews, will facing Anthony Kunasek, assistant chief of the State Attorney's Office's felony division when he gets his day in court.
Kunasek has been appointed to lead the case against Cooper, who was denied bail and currently is awaiting trial in the Lee County Jail. Cooper has not yet been formally charged with the crimes.

Anthony Kusasek doesn't seem to be new to handling high profile crimes, he's been handling the shocking case of Justin Grodin, the Lee County man accused of the 2000 murder of his 11 month old daughter. Kusasek is also currently prosecuting Mario Alberto Lopez, the Cape Coral teenager accused of stabbing his friend to death over a video game in 2002.

As for Cooper, reports are that he may have a bit of a wait ahead of him before charges are even filed.

Cooper remains in the Lee County Jail without bond. His arraignment is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Feb. 13. But, since the State Attorney's Office could file first-degree murder charges, a grand jury indictment is required. The case has not yet gone to the grand jury, members of which were called in Friday to begin their six-month term.
Cooper's case may not go before the grand jury for three or four weeks, State Attorney's Office spokeswoman Chere Avery has said. Grand jury proceedings are conducted in secret, with only an indictment released publicly.
Investigators were not releasing any new details about the double homicide Friday, Sheriff's Deputy Angelo Vaughn said, including the causes of death and times of death. However, the 911 tape is being enhanced. But with the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday Monday, Vaughn said it is uncertain when that work will be completed. SOURCE