A Plainfield-area man slated to go on trial in the murders of his friend and her unborn child in Door County will wait a little longer for his day in court.
A judge agreed to push back the trial date for Brian M. Cooper, 35, to April 8, 2013, to give the defense more time for discovery, according to the Green Bay Press Gazette. The case was originally scheduled to go to trial on Jan. 28, 2012.
Cooper is charged with first-degree intentional homicide and third-degree sexual assault in the deaths of Alisha N. Bromfield, 21, and her unborn daughter, who was to be named Ava Lucille.
Bromfield, who was reportedly more than six months pregnant, was killed Aug. 19 after accompanying Cooper to his sister's wedding in Door County.
The afternoon after the killing, Cooper was arrested after walking into a gas station in Sister Bay, Wisconsin, and asking the owner to call 911 for him.
Shell station owner Denise Bhirdo told Patch, describing Cooper as calm and polite, even as he spoke with a 911 dispatcher.
Door County Sheriff Terry Vogel said Cooper told police that he had killed his girlfriend, though the accused killer later admitted he had hoped to rekindle a romantic relationship with Bromfield, who accompanied him to the wedding as a friend, prosecutors said.
Door County District Attorney Raymond Pelrine said Cooper and Bromfield argued after returning to their hotel room following the wedding.
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.
Both Cooper and Bromfield lived in unincorporated Plainfield.
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