Man ar­rested for third time since mur­der ac­quit­tal

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - By CARL HAMIL­TON

ca­hamil­ton@ce­cil­whig.com

— For the third time since his March ac­quit­tal in the dou­ble mur­der of an el­derly Glen Farms cou­ple, an Elk­ton-area man has been ar­rested and charged in an un­re­lated case, ac­cord­ing to Ce­cil County Dis­trict Court records.

This time, Kevin Eric Cooper Jr., 25, is ac­cused of rob­bing his fa­ther, Eric Cooper Sr., 52, in the 200 block of Main Street in Elk­ton on July 6.

Cooper asked his fa­ther to lend him a dol­lar and then,

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af­ter the el­der Cooper re­moved cash from his pocket to oblige, his son al­legedly snatched $45 from his hand, po­lice said. Cooper then al­legedly tried to grab a purse from a nearby woman, be­fore run­ning away when she re­sisted, po­lice added.

“Cooper Sr. was adamant about fil­ing charges against his son and was highly up­set over the in­ci­dent,” Sgt. David Con­fer of the Elk­ton Po­lice Depart­ment wrote in his state­ment of prob­a­ble cause.

Cooper re­mained on the lam un­til Fri­day, when in­ves­ti­ga­tors cap­tured him in Elk­ton af­ter learn­ing his where- abouts, po­lice re­ported.

As of Mon­day mor n i n g , Cooper re­mained in the Ce­cil County De­ten­tion Cen­ter with­out bond, court records show. Cooper, who is charged with two counts of rob­bery in that case, is sched­uled for a bail re­view hear­ing later on Mon­day.

At the time of the al­leged rob­bery, Cooper was free on a $5,000 bond that he had posted on May 7 — some two weeks af­ter he was ar­rested, held in the county jail and charged with fourthde­gree bur­glary and tres­pass­ing re­lat­ing to an April 20 in­ci­dent.

Cooper al­legedly com­mit­ted that April 20 bur­glary three days af­ter he had posted a $150,000 bond to gain his pre-trial free­dom in con­nec­tion with a re­cent armed rob­bery case — one in which Cooper and two women stand ac­cused of rob­bing a man about 1:30 a.m. April 5 on Hunts­man Drive in Elk­ton.

Dur­ing that in­ci­dent, Cooper al­legedly punched the man in the face, be­fore steal­ing his wal­let con­tain­ing $1,300 and a debit card and then flee­ing, po­lice re­ported.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors cap­tured Cooper on April 6, a day later, and charged him with armed rob­bery, first-de­gree as­sault, reck­less en­dan­ger­ment and other of­fenses, ac­cord­ing to court records.

Cooper spent 11 days in the county de­ten­tion cen­ter af­ter his ar­rest in that armed rob­bery case, be­fore post­ing

the $150,000 bond on April 17 — three days be­fore he al­legedly bur­glar­ized an Elk­ton dwelling and was ar­rested shortly af­ter it had oc­curred, court records show.

He re­mained in jail about 10 days be­fore post­ing a $5,000 bond in the bur­glary case, ac­cord­ing to court records, which in­di­cate that Cooper was free on that bond when he al­legedly robbed his fa­ther on July 6, mark­ing the lat­est in his re­cent string of crim­i­nal cases.

On March 6, ex­actly a month be­fore his ar­rest in the Hunts­man Drive armed rob­bery case, Cooper was re­leased from the county jail af­ter a Ce­cil County Cir­cuit Court jury had found him not guilty of two counts of first-de­gree mur­der and several other charges ear­lier that day at the con­clu­sion of week-long trial.

Cooper stood ac­cused of break­ing into a home in the 100 block of West Park­way in the Glen Farms neigh­bor­hood on the night of Feb. 22, 2015, and killing the home­own­ers, Earl Loomis, 79, and his wife, MaryAnn, 76, by as­phyx­i­at­ing them, be­fore steal­ing nu­mer­ous guns, credit cards, money and a pickup truck.

One of his three co-de­fen­dants, Der­rick La­monte Car­roll, 27, also of Elk­ton, also stands ac­cused of break­ing into that home be­fore suf­fo­cat­ing the cou­ple and rob­bing them. Charged with two counts of first-de­gree mur­der and eight other of­fenses, Car­roll is sched­uled to stand trial in De­cem­ber.

Cooper’s other two co-de­fen­dants in that dou­ble-mur­der case — Azu Azue­wah, 27, and Azue­wah’s pur­ported live-in girlfriend, Ellen Lough, 28, of Port De­posit — are serv­ing prison sen­tences af­ter ac­cept­ing plea deals. Both par­tic­i­pated in the plan­ning of the crime, and Azeuwah served as the driver to the vic­tims’ Glen Farms home.

In Cooper’s dou­ble-mur­der case, ju­rors de­lib­er­ated about 10 hours be­fore re­turn­ing “not guilty” ver­dicts on all 10 charges against him.

The jury had no foren­sic ev­i­dence to con­sider be­cause the in­trud­ers had mired the crit­i­cal ar­eas of the home with var­i­ous sub­stances, pre­vent­ing crime scene tech­ni­cians from lift­ing fin­ger­prints and gath­er­ing DNA sam­ples.

Cooper is sched­uled for an Aug. 12 pre­lim­i­nary hear­ing in the July 6 rob­bery case in which his fa­ther is one of the al­leged vic­tims, court records show. As of Mon­day, trial dates had not been set in Cooper’s other two crim­i­nal cases, the April 5 armed rob­bery and the April 20 bur­glary.

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