Friday, March 9, 2007

May trial set for former lacrosse coach

Cooper charged with four sex-related felonies

Express Staff Writer

Douglas Drury Cooper

Jury trial is now scheduled for May for a former youth lacrosse coach who is charged with four felonies for allegedly having sex with a 14-year-old Hailey girl.

The trial of Douglas Drury Cooper, a 43-year-old Hailey man, is now scheduled to start on May 8 in Blaine County 5th District Court. The trial had earlier been scheduled to start on March 6.

Cooper, a former coach of the Wood River Warriors boys' lacrosse team, was indicted by a Blaine County grand jury in August 2006 on charges of rape, lewd conduct with a minor child under 16, sexual abuse of a child under 16 and enticing a minor over the Internet.

According to court records from a status hearing in January, Andrew Parnes, the Ketchum attorney representing Cooper, requested that the trial date be changed because of continued delays in results from DNA testing on potential evidence for the trial.

The case is scheduled to be heard by District Court Judge John K. Butler, who normally presides in Jerome County. Blaine County District Court Judge Robert J. Elgee disqualified himself from the case because he has a child who was previously coached by Cooper.

The trial is expected to last five days.

Cooper is currently free on $30,000 bond but is required to keep the court informed of his whereabouts.

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