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Cooper attorney withdraws from homicide case

Jul. 3, 2013
 
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The lawyer for a Plainfield, Ill., man charged in Door County Circuit Court with two counts of intentional homicide was granted permission to withdraw from the case Tuesday.

Brian M. Cooper, 36, is charged with two counts of intentional homicide in the early morning Aug.19 deaths of his friend Alisha Bromfield, 21, also of Plainfield, and her unborn child, Ava. The two were in Door County to attend Cooper’s sister’s wedding. A Wood County jury was unable to come to a consensus on the homicide charges during a weeklong trial but did find him guilty of one count of third-degree sexual assault on June 24.

The sexual assault charge stems from Cooper raping Bromfield after she died. District Attorney Raymond Pelrine is planning to retry Cooper on the two homicide charges.

Cooper and Pelrine appeared in court Tuesday morning before Judge D. Todd Ehlers. Cooper’s attorney, Shane Brabazon, appeared by phone.

Brabazon submitted a motion June 24 to withdraw as Cooper’s lawyer, citing his client’s attempt to dismiss him at the start of the June 17 jury trial and his belief that Cooper will no longer be able to retain him privately due to his finances.

“I will grant today Mr. Brabazon’s request to withdraw as legal counsel on Mr. Cooper’s behalf,” Ehlers said.

Cooper told Ehlers that he had been interviewed by Eric S. Maciolek of the state Public Defender’s Office but had yet to be assigned a lawyer.

“I’ve heard nothing since then,” Cooper said.

A status conference is scheduled for 10 a.m. July 12.

“The Clerk of Court Office will be notifying the Public Defender’s Office that Mr. Brabazon’s motion to withdraw has been granted. And I’m assuming somebody will get back to you in the next 10 days,” Ehlers said to Cooper. “So we will hopefully have a better idea on July 12 where we’re at (and) when potential new counsel will be ready to look at a new trial date.”

Contact Samantha Hernandez at svhernande@doorcountyadvocate.com or (920) 743-3321, Ext. 112.

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