Convicted killer of woman and her unborn child denied appeal

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Brian Cooper, the man convicted in the 2012 murder of Alisha Bromfield and her unborn child in Door County, is denied appeal.

In his letter of appeal, Cooper argued that his constitutional rights to counsel and due process were violated when he wasn’t allowed to change lawyers.

He also argued that the circuit court ignored opinions from his expert witness, Dr. Richard Tovar. Cooper went on to say that the exclusion of Tovar’s opinions violated his right to present a defense.

The court denied all of Cooper’s arguments in a 20-page letter found here

Cooper is serving two consecutive life sentences.

Bromfield had accompanied Cooper to a wedding on Cooper’s side of the family and had returned to a motel where they were staying.  

According to a criminal complaint, Bromfield indicated she wanted to break off with Cooper.  The complaint also said after Bromfield went to sleep, Cooper stayed awake smoking and drinking beer. 

After Bromfield awoke,  Cooper told investigators he climbed on top of Bromfield, put his hands around her throat and started choking her.  According to the complaint, Bromfield cried out “Don’t do this to me, think of the baby.”

After realizing that Bromfield was dead and assaulting her, Cooper told investigators he tried to commit suicide by cutting himself with a butter knife and a cork screw. 

He then drove to Ellison Bay and tried to drown himself, but gave up and eventually dialed Door County Central Dispatch and confessed to the killing. 

He was arrested by Door County Sheriff’s Deputies without incident.

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