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Evidence at Holmen women’s murder trial focuses on injuries leading to husband’s death



Jurors at the Lori Phillips murder trial in La Crosse saw photos from the autopsy of Mark Phillips in court on Tuesday.

Lori is accused of reckless homicide, for allegedly striking Mark with a truck outside their Holmen area residence in February of 2019. The defense says Mark may have been badly injured in a fall, and it’s suggested that if he was hit by a vehicle, that it was an accident. Prosecution witnesses continued to take the stand on the second-day of the trial.


Forensic pathologist Dr. Ross Reichard, a southern Minnesota medical examiner, was questioned in court, and the defense asked whether a fall could have caused the injuries that killed Mark Phillips. Reichard said a fall with force could have led to Mark’s injuries. Reichard spoke about rib fractures and blood loss contributing to the death, saying that several ribs on both side of Phillips’s chest were broken.

A photo of a truck thought to have killed Mark Phillips is shown at the Lori Phillips trial on Tuesday

Prosecutors argue that Lori and Mark got into an argument, and that she hit him while driving a truck. Lori claims that she discovered Mark’s body in the snow the morning after the fight. A La Crosse sheriff’s deputy who investigated Mark’s death said that Lori stated “I didn’t hit him or anything.”

The trial in La Crosse County court continues for a third day on Wednesday.

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. Lisa

    November 11, 2023 at 10:48 am

    Do you mean “woman’s” [murder trial]€ or is there more than one woman (women)?

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