The jury in the Raleigh, N.C. murder trial of Canadian Brad Cooper wrapped up its first full day of deliberations Wednesday.

The 37-year-old Cooper, formerly from Alberta, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of his Edmonton-born and raised wife, Nancy.

Nancy Cooper, 34, went missing on July 12, 2008. Her body was found several days later in a drainage ditch near the couple's home in the Raleigh suburb of Cary.

Jurors started their deliberations Tuesday after hearing closing arguments from prosecution and defence lawyers.

More than 100 witnesses gave testimony during the eight-week trial.

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District Attorney Colon Willoughby said this is the longest non-capital murder case he's seen in 24 years. (CBC)

Wake County District Attorney Colon Willoughby, who's held the position for 24 years, said the length of the trial has set a precedent.

"Since I've been district attorney, this is the longest non-capital case that we've ever had," he said.

The court has already ruled Cooper will not face the death penalty if the jury finds him guilty of first-degree murder.

On Wednesday, jurors asked for a number of exhibits, including cell phone records, photos of the victim's body and pictures of the couple's master bathroom.

They will resume deliberations Thursday morning.

 

With files from the CBC's Janice Johnston