The state rested its case Monday in the Raleigh, N.C., trial of a former Albertan accused of killing his Edmonton-born wife.

Brad Cooper, 37, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of his wife, Nancy Cooper, 34.

Nancy Cooper 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, N.C.


Edmonton native Nancy Cooper was found dead in 2008 near Raleigh, N.C. Her husband, Brad Cooper, who is also from Alberta, is on trial for murder. (Supplied by Jill Dean)

The jury has heard from dozens of witnesses, including Nancy Cooper's parents, her sister and her friends, since the trial started on March 9.

Defence lawyers will start presenting their case Tuesday morning.

In his opening remarks to the jury last month, lawyer Howard Kurtz called the police investigation "inept" and "dishonest."  

Cooper has maintained that his wife never came home from her run the day she disappeared.

Police allege Cooper strangled his wife in a fit of anger. The jury has heard evidence that the Coopers were in the middle of a divorce when Nancy was slain.