DOOR COUNTY - An Illinois man charged with killing a friend and her unborn child in Door County is headed to trial.
Door County Circuit Court Judge Todd Ehlers says there's enough evidence for Brian M. Cooper, of Plainfield, Ill., to stand trial in the August deaths of 21-year-old Alisha Bromfield and her unborn child.
Prosecutors also claim Cooper then had sex with Bromfield's corpse.
Appearing in Door County court Tuesday morning for his preliminary hearing, Cooper remained motionless with his hands in his lap for the half-hour proceeding.
Door County Sherriff's Investigator Mark Winkel was the only witness called to testify.
Besides confirming details of the complaint and detailing his contact with Cooper after he was arrested, Winkel talked about how Cooper allegedly tried to kill himself before he called police.
"He initially tried to cut himself with a butter knife," said Winkel. "Used a corkscrew; he stated he went down a cliff and into the water but once he got out into the water, he could not go through with it and came back to shore."
Winkel said it's not exactly known where Cooper attempted to drown himself, but did say the area Cooper described to investigators leads them to believe it was Ellison Bay.
Cooper called 911 from a Sister Bay gas station on Sunday, August 19. That's when and where he was arrested.
Charged with two counts of first-degree intentional homicide and one count of third-degree sexual assault, court documents show Cooper and Bromfield came to Door County for a wedding.
That's when Bromfield allegedly told Cooper she wanted to break off their relationship.
Investigators say Cooper told them he strangled Bromfield at a resort near Sturgeon Bay.
Bromfield's family did not wish to speak after the hearing.
Cooper's defense attorney Shane Brabazon also declined an interview, saying it's too early in the case to comment on it.
Cooper is scheduled to be back in court to enter a plea on September 20.
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