Connect with us


Jury in Phillips murder case will not visit crime scene during La Crosse trial next week



There will be no road trip for a La Crosse jury next week, to visit a house where a murder allegedly occurred.

The prosecution request to take jurors in the Lori Phillips case to her residence near Holmen has been turned down by Judge Elliott Levine. Phillips is accused of hitting her husband Mark with a truck after an argument back in 2019.

Levine ruled against the argument that seeing the crime scene in person might help jurors decide the case.

“We have a plethora of evidence about the scene here today, that will be presented to the jury,” the judge told attorneys. “Quite frankly, I think a jury view would be redundant, and be a waste of time.”

Judge Elliott Levine presides over a hearing in the Lori Phillips murder case on Oct. 31st

Prosecutor Andrew Burdick tried to persuade Levine that jurors would gain information by going to the property where the death occurred.

“The reason that we think the jury view is appropriate here, your honor, is that it is an atypical setup for the Phillips family home, with the main house on a hill, what’s been referred to as the ‘mancave’ afterwards, the shed, and then there’s a barn behind the shed,” said Burdick.

The defense says there’s already plenty of evidence ready from the crime scene. The weeklong trial is scheduled to start on Monday.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

Continue Reading
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *