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NC serial killer's lawyer says confession coerced


RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- Defense attorneys are asking a North Carolina appeals court to reconsider the life prison sentence for a serial killer.

Lawyers for 34-year-old Samuel Cooper of Raleigh told the state Court of Appeals that police pressured Cooper into telling investigators what they wanted to hear by holding his father on a weapons charge.

Defense attorney Mark Montgomery says Cooper confessed after four days in jail because he has a strong attachment to his father and thought his confession would free his dad.

Cooper was convicted last year on five counts of first-degree murder.

He was arrested in 2007 and accused of robbing a Garner bank. Investigators found a 9 mm handgun that was linked to a string of seemingly unrelated slayings over a 17-month period in 2006 and 2007.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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awww, how sweet

So serial killer wanted to help criminal daddy. That just brings a tear to my eyes. No, wait, the tear is because my dog just farted.

Sounds like the entire family is trash

Lock daddy AND junior up, and throw away the key.