Signature bond of $50,000 set for Holmen woman charged in husband’s death

Lori Ann Phillips faces up to 25 years in prison and $100,000 fine for hit and run resulting in death
Lori Ann Phillips
Mark and Lori Phillips pose for a photo. Lori Phillips was charged this year in connection with Mark Phillips' death in 2019.

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) – People are looking for justice for a 48-year-old Holmen man who was found dead in his driveway last year. February 23, 2019. was the last time anyone would see 48-year-old Mark Phillips alive.

Mark was found dead on the side of his driveway that morning in a snowbank, according to the criminal complaint. W5414 County Road W Holmen is where one La Crosse County Sheriff Deputy found Mark Phillips’ body and his wife, 50-year-old Lori Ann Phillips of two months, who is now accused in his death.

According to the criminal complaint, she told the officer “she did not know he was there.” The night leading up to Mark’s death, Lori described an argument that became “heated” while the couple was out for drinks at a pair of local bars.

The complaint highlights Lori telling investigators Mark Phillps at one point was “holding her down” and “had her in a chokehold.” One investigator noticed a bruise on her upper right chest but nothing on her neck.

Lori told investigators they arrived home around 11 p.m. that night. She said she was going to stay at a hotel that evening until things cooled down.

She said she booked a hotel room for the wrong night and ended up sleeping in the Woodman’s parking lot until she went back home around 2 a.m. That next morning she said she found her husband frozen to the ground, according to the complaint.

The autopsy report has a long list of injuries found on Mark’s body including multiple “blunt force” injuries and “multiple rib fractures.” The Wisconsin Crime Laboratory found fibers underneath the couple’s truck; some of which appeared to be hair. Another fiber was “consistent” with the jeans Mark was wearing that night.

Phillips was charged in the death of her husband. Tuesday, she made her initial appearance facing hit and run resulting in death. If convicted, she could spend up to 25 years in prison. Judge Gloria Doyle set a $50,000 signature bond until Phillips’ preliminary hearing.

Phillips has not obtained a lawyer yet. Her next appearance is scheduled for June 30 but a preliminary hearing could happen sooner.