Brad Cooper – Johnson County Prosecutor Bradley D. Cooper earned his law degree (Doctor of Jurisprudence) at Indiana University School of Law, Indianapolis in 1993 and his BA degree from Indiana University, Bloomington in 1990.
After law school, Brad practiced law at BENNETT & SHEFF from 1993-1994. In 1994, Brad accepted a position with the Johnson County Prosecutor's Office as a deputy prosecutor in the misdemeanor division. In 1995, Brad was promoted to the felony division. After two years of prosecuting felony cases, Brad was promoted to Assistant Chief Deputy Prosecutor and added homicides and major felonies to his case load. In 1999, Brad was promoted to Chief Deputy Prosecutor, the highest appointed position in a prosecutor’s office. Brad served as Chief Deputy for ten years before he was elected Johnson County Prosecutor in January, 2009.
During his 15 years in the Prosecutor's Office, Brad has won convictions in over 4000 felony cases, including some of Johnson County’s most notable prosecutions. In 1999, Brad convicted the killer in the Don’s Gun Store Murder, who was later sentenced to life in prison. In 2000, Brad put Michael Dean Overstreet on trial for the abduction, rape and murder of Franklin College Student Kelly Eckart. After one of the longest jury trials in Johnson County history, Overstreet was convicted and sentenced to death. The evening after the Overstreet jury recommended the death penalty, Fernando Griffith murdered two teachers in their Greenwood home. Brad tried and convicted Griffith, who was sentenced to life in prison.
In addition to murder cases, Brad has prosecuted and convicted all of the drunk driving causing death cases charged in Johnson County since 1997. Most notably, Brad prosecuted and convicted Allan Wickliff, who struck and killed Indiana State Representative Roland Stine as he returned home after a legislative session in 2003. Wickliff was sentenced to 23 years in prison, the maximum allowed by law. For the past three years, Brad has added high level drug crime interdiction and prosecution to his personal caseload.
In addition to his prosecution efforts, Brad is active in teaching law and agriculture. He has taught criminal law classes at Ivy Tech, IUPUI, Franklin College and the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy. Brad runs a small farm on which he raises cattle, honey bees, fruit trees, fish and wine grapes.
“I can’t think of any work more important or rewarding than protecting people. Despite the sadness and tragedy I observe everyday, I still see the good we do and the difference we make in the lives of people. I am as excited and enthusiastic about this job as I was the day I started.” - Prosecutor Brad Cooper