HOWARD, WI (WTAQ) - Bond was set at $100,000 Monday for a 42-year-old Howard woman accused of shooting her boyfriend in the head over weekend.
Tricia Phillps was booked into the Brown County Jail on charges of second-degree intentional homicide, but the DA increased the charge to First Degreee Intentional Homicide.
Phillips was dating the victim, 46-year-old David Rosenberg, for about six months. Phillips claims after telling him she thought she might be pregnant, he started choking her on the bed. He stopped and Phillips says she grabbed her 9 millimeter handgun from her dresser and fired one shot in the head.
Phillips claimed the victims had never laid a hand on her before and was usually very nice. She also points out Rosenberg's size, saying he was a "big guy" weighing about 260 pounds.
The autopsy report says the victim was shot through the ear lobes.
An emotional Crystal Williquette, the victim’s niece, thought Phillips should remain behind bars.
“I don’t feel that’s it’s fair to put a price on someone’s life, she should remain behind bars.” Williquette would later claim that Phillips took her uncle’s life in cold blood. The criminal complaint says the victim talked with her neighbor the night before the shooting.
Phillips told the neighbor that she was mad at Dave and that he lied about still talking with his ex-wife. The neighbor stated that Phillips was going to give him an ultimatum, and said “something’s going down tonight.”
The domestic shooting happened at the Northern Pines Apartment Complex at 2014 Memorial Drive in Howard around 4:15 a.m. Saturday.