A local man accused of strangling a pregnant 21-year-old pleaded not guilty Thursday in Door County court.
Brian M. Cooper, 35, is changed with two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Alisha N. Bromfield and her unborn daughter, who was to be named Ava Lucille.
He is also charged with third-degree sexual assault, accused of having sex with Bromfield after killing her.
Sheriff Terry Vogel said Cooper and Bromfield, who both had Plainfield addresses, were in Door County to attend the wedding of Cooper's sister.
Bromfield died Aug. 19. Her body was found the next day at a resort in Nasewaupee, Wisconsin, after Cooper called police to report the murder from a gas station in nearby Sister Bay, police said.
Cooper appeared in court Thursday to enter not guilty pleas to all three counts, drawing "an audible gasp” from a group of Bromfield’s family and friends, according to the Green Bay Press Gazette.
Cooper is accused of killing Bromfield after she rejected his attempts to rekindle a romantic relationship.
Vogel said Bromfield was more than six months pregnant when she died.
Cooper’s trial is scheduled to begin Jan. 28, 2013.
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