A Plainfield-area man is expected in court Wednesday morning on charges his killed his friend and her unborn child during a trip to Door County, Wisconsin.
According to the Door County Daily News, Brian M. Cooper, 35, was charged Tuesday with two counts of first-degree homicide in the deaths of Alisha N. Bromfield, 21, and her unborn daughter, whom she'd planned to name Ava Lucille. Bromfield was reportedly seven months pregnant at the time of her death.
Cooper is also charged with one count of third-degree sexual assault, stemming from an accusation that he has sex with Bromfield after killing her.
Sheriff Terry Vogel said Cooper and Bromfield, who both had Plainfield addresses, were in Door County to attend the wedding of Cooper's sister.
During an Aug. 21 court appearance, Door County District Attorney Raymond Pelrine said Cooper had hoped to rekindle a romance with Bromfield, and became angry when she did not share his feelings.
Pelrine said Cooper and Bromfield had argued prior to Cooper's sister's wedding. Following the reception, they returned to the Sand Bay Resort in Nasewaupee, where Cooper began to drink.
After Bromfield went to sleep, Cooper "proceeded to sit in the room feeling more angry and frustrated. Not only (about) the breakup of the relationship ... but his feeling of her apparent coldness and indifference to him throughout the evening," Pelrine said, according to a Door County Advocate report.
Cooper is accused of waking Bromfield between 2 and 3 a.m. and strangling her before having sex with her body.
On Sunday, Aug. 19, Cooper went to a gas station in Sister Bay, Wisconsin, where he asked the owner to call 911, telling her he needed to report a murder. Vogel said Cooper told police he had killed his girlfriend.
Cooper's bond was set at $1 million during his Aug. 21 hearing.
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