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Video questioning of Holmen woman about husband’s death is viewed by La Crosse jury



On the third day of a La Crosse County murder trial, jurors got to hear on Wednesday from defendant Lori Phillips.

Not live, but in a video of La Crosse County Sheriff’s Office investigator Fritz Leinfelder questioning Phillips in 2019, just after the death of her husband Mark.

Lori is accused of killing Mark by hitting him with a truck.


During the video, Lori tried to recall if a door of the truck was open, while she was driving around the time of Mark’s accident.

Lori stated that she found Mark “stuck to the ground” in a snowbank, after he was outside on a winter night.

Phillips added, “I couldn’t even believe what I’m seeing,” when she saw Mark’s body in the snow outside their house in Holmen.

Earlier Wednesday, jurors were shown photos of the truck, taken shortly after Mark’s death.

The defense argued that Mark died in the cold after a fall, and Lori discovered him later.

Defense witnesses could be called Thursday in an effort to wrap up the trial by the end of the 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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