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Police video, officer testimony mark first day of Holmen woman’s murder trial, who allegedly hit her husband with a truck



Lori Phillips (second from left) appears in La Crosse County court at the start of her murder trial on Nov. 6, 2023 (PHOTO: Brad Williams)

Details of a La Crosse County man’s death in 2019 were the main focus of opening-day testimony in the reckless homicide trial of the man’s wife.


Jurors in the Lori Phillips trial in La Crosse were selected Monday and saw videos of the Holmen area site, where Mark Phillips was found dead in a snowbank.

The murder trial has attracted national media attention with Court TV among the companies providing coverage.

Lori Phillips was shown on video reacting to her husband Mark’s body being found in the snow near their house.

Investigators say Mark was hit by a truck, allegedly driven by Lori after the two had been arguing.

Witnesses in court Monday, including a medical examiner, talked about the cause of Mark’s death from blunt force trauma.

During a La Crosse County murder trial on Nov. 6, 2023, defendant Lori Phillips is shown in a police video taken shortly after her husband was reported dead in 2019 (PHOTO: Brad Williams).

Prosecutor Andrew Burdick told the jury that autopsy results should prove Mark Phillips was injured by blunt force and did not die from slipping and falling in the snow.

He added that evidence from court testimony “will show that the type and nature of Mr. Phillips’ injuries were too severe for them to be caused by anything other than a significant amount of force.”

The state claims Mark had to have been crushed or run over, possibly by a truck.

Sheriff’s investigator Michael Valencia testified about driving to where Mark’s body was found, and speaking with Lori Phillips, who claims she was looking for Mark early one morning, and found his body lying in a snowbank.

The Phillips trial resumes Tuesday morning, and is expected to last all week.

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.

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  1. Kim

    November 14, 2023 at 10:41 am

    The jury got this so wrong.
    How do run over a grown man and not know? I can tell when I run over squirrels!!!

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