Cooper Trial Postponed Again

The Door County trial of a 36-year old Illinois man, charged with two counts of first degree intentional homicide & one count of third degree sexual assault, has been postponed for a second time. On Monday, Judge D. Todd Ehlers decided that the the court case will be pushed back from April 5th to June 17th for Brian Cooper of Plainfield, Illinois. Cooper is accused in the strangling death of 21-year old Alisha Bromfield, also of Plainfield, at a southern Door County resort last August. Bromfield was more than six months pregnant at the time of her death. The Illinois man has entered pleas of not guilty & not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect. His attorney, Shane Brabazon, requested the latest delay citing the complexity of the case & the need to retain an expert witness. District Attorney Ray Pelrine objected to the delay. The case was originally scheduled to begin in January, but was moved back to April 5th. Now, Judge Ehlers, who decided to select the jury in another county, says jurors will be chosen on June 14th & brought back to Sturgeon Bay. The week-long trial of Brian Cooper will begin in Door County Circuit Court on June 17th.


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