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Trial begins for IL man charged with killing girlfriend, unborn child after wedding reception

Brian Cooper
Brian Cooper

STURGEON BAY, WI (WTAQ) - The trial for an Illinois man accused of killing a woman and her unborn child in Door County began Monday morning.

36-year-old Brian Cooper of Plainfield, Illinois faces two counts of first-degree intentional homicide and one count of third-degree sexual assault.

Jurors were picked last Friday from Wood County.

The trial is expected to last four days.

Prosecutors said Cooper took 22-year-old Alisha Bromfield to a wedding, with the idea of improving his own romantic relationship. But she talked about breaking up, and Cooper responded by allegedly strangling the woman and sexually-assaulting her.

That killed both Bromfield and her unborn child.  Cooper was not the father. 

The complaint also says he had sex with her corpse. 

Authorities said Cooper tried killing himself but couldn't go through with it, before he called police to turn himself in.

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