UPDATE: Mon 6:21 PM, May 5, 2014
STURGEON BAY, Wis. (AP) -- A retrial has begun for an Illinois man charged with killing a 21-year-old woman and her fetus at a resort in Wisconsin's Door County.
Thirty-seven-year-old Brian Cooper of Plainfield, Illinois, faces two counts of first-degree intentional homicide in the strangulation of 21-year-old Alisha Bromfield in August 2012. Cooper's first trial ended in a hung jury last year.
In opening statements Monday, prosecutor Raymond Pelrine told jurors that Cooper was in love with Bromfield and "If he couldn't have her, no one could."
The Door County Advocate reports that although Cooper was not the baby's father, the two did have a romantic relationship at one time.
Bromfield accompanied Cooper to attend his sister's wedding on the peninsula that weekend.
The retrial is expected to last most of the week.
ORIGINAL STORY: Sept 5, 2012
STURGEON BAY, Wis. (AP) -- The attorney for an Illinois man accused of killing his pregnant friend in Door County says he'll ask for a change of venue in the case.
Brian Cooper is charged with two counts of first-degree intentional homicide in the deaths of 21-year-old Alisha Bromfield and her unborn daughter at the Sand Bay Resort near Sturgeon Bay last month. He also faces a third-degree sexual assault charge. Defense attorney Shane Brabazon told a Door County judge Thursday he's working on the venue change request.
Authorities say Cooper and Bromfield, both from Plainfield, Ill., were in Door County for a wedding and that Bromfield rebuffed Cooper's desire for a romantic relationship.
The 35-year-old Cooper is being held on $1 million bond. WLUK-TV Cooper's trial is scheduled for Jan. 28, 2013.
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