Records show Jersey City man charged in wife's death has criminal background

Lucas Cooper was arrested in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, on Tuesday. Plans are now being made to extradite him to New Jersey.

Jan 25, 2023, 10:41 PM

Updated 542 days ago

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A man accused of killing his wife in Jersey City has been in trouble with the law before, News 12 New Jersey has learned.
Lucas Cooper was arrested in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, on Tuesday. Plans are now being made to extradite him to New Jersey.
Cooper is accused of shooting his wife Temara King inside their Jersey City apartment. He has been charged with murder, weapons possession and child endangerment.
News 12 has learned that Cooper previously pleaded guilty in 2014 for violating a domestic violence order. He was given two years of probation.
In 2013, Cooper was convicted for attempted aggravated assault. He pleaded guilty in 2009 to aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
Police say that King was shot multiple times around 7 a.m. Tuesday. It was her teenage daughter who called police to tell them what had happened. Police say that King, her daughter and Cooper were all inside the apartment at the time.
King was a teacher at Dr. Michael Conti School #5 in Jersey City. She was honored or her work in 2018.
School Superintendent Dr. Norma Fernandez says that King specialized in special education for children on the autism spectrum.
The New Jersey Coalition for Inclusive Education recognized King and two of her co-teachers for their work.
The organization wrote in a statement, "Ms. King was a phenomenal and passionate educator who went above and beyond to create an inclusive environment where all students learn together and feel an authentic sense of belonging."
A motive for the shooting was unclear.


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