Nearly all of the Brian M. Cooper trial testimony Tuesday consisted of listening to Investigative Sgt. Mark Winkel's video interviews with the transcript also projected on screen.
A reference to Brian M. Cooper's former girlfriend that was projected on a written video transcript for 10-15 seconds is grounds for a mistrial, Cooper's attorney argued in Door County Circuit Court late Tuesday afternoon.
Defense attorney Shane Brabazon pointed out that Judge D. Todd Ehlers had ruled that any evidence or reference to the former girlfriend was prohibited during the trial.
"The state is violating a pretrial order," he said and moved for a mistrial. Ehlers said he would rule on the motion at 8 a.m. Wednesday when court resumes. ...