35-year-old Illinois resident Brian Cooper has been charged with two counts of first-degree intentional homicide and one count of third-degree sexual assault for the murder of his ex-girlfriend, Alisha Bromfield.
Bromfield, 21, had accompanied Cooper to his sister’s wedding on August 19th and they were sharing a hotel room at the Sand Bay Beach Resort in Wisconsin.
According to court documents, the pair had been arguing about their relationship and were calling it quits. Bromfield was in the 6th month of her pregnancy with a daughter she had named Ava Lucille. Cooper was not the baby’s father.
Door County District Attorney Raymond Pelrine told a courtroom packed with Bromfield’s family that after they had argued, Cooper began drinking and got increasingly more angry after Bromfield fell asleep.
“He then proceeded to sit in the room feeling more angry and frustrated. Not only (about) the break up of the relationship but his feeling of her apparent coldness and indifference to him throughout the evening,” Pelrine said.
“He then awakened her sometime between two or three in the morning and got on top of her and with his hands strangled her to death.”
Court documents state that Bromfield shouted, “Don’t do this to me, think of the baby'” as he strangled her.
It was at that point that court papers say that Cooper allegedly had sex with the deceased woman’s body.
According to police, Cooper told them that he then covered Bromfield’s body with a blanket because it thought “it was the respectful thing to do.”
After the murder he unsuccessfully attempted suicide using a butter knife and a cork screw.
He then fled the scene to a Sister Bay gas station where he called 911 ans turned himself in.
Bromfield’s mother, Sherry Anicich, read a statement at the hearing and told the court, “There is no justice for Alisha and Ava Lucille. However we know she would want to protect the future lives of innocent women and children by ensuring this predatory killer and rapist spends the rest of his life in prison.”
“It is like someone ripped my heart and soul and left me with a gaping emptiness,” Anicich said. “This emptiness scares me, because it reminds me I will never see her smiling face, feel her hugs, or hear that laugh again.”
Cooper is being held on 1 million dollar bond and is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on September 11.