Samuel Cooper set for February trial

Samuel Cooper seen in a jail interview with ABC11's Ed Crump (file image)

December 17, 2009 10:06:21 AM PST
A judge joined murder charges against Samuel Cooper, Jr. Thursday and ordered him to stand trial in February. A motion to suppress a confession was also denied.

Cooper is charged in an alleged 17-month crime spree that left five people dead.

The crimes include:

  • The May 12, 2006, murder of Osama "Samuel" Haj-Hussein, who was shot to death inside the In & Out Mart on Creech Road.
  • The June 3, 2006, murder of Leroy Jernigan, who was shot to death inside the Circus Restaurant on Wake Forest Road.
  • The April 27, 2007, murder of Timothy Barnwell, who was shot to death outside his apartment on Sunbow Falls Lane.
  • The October 12, 2007, murder of Rickey High, who was shot to death on N. Tarboro Road.
  • The October 14, 2007 murder of Tariq Hussain, who was shot to death inside Bobby's Grocery on Garner Road.

Garner Police captured Cooper after he allegedly robbed a bank there. A gun found during the robbery arrest was later determined to be the gun used in all the murders.

Prosecutors say the motive in all the killings was robbery.

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