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Timothy Brokes trial in Monroe County delayed

Timothy Brokes trial in Monroe County delayed

8 months ago by Scott Hardy

Prosecution motion to delay June trial granted Monday

A Hannibal man, charged with Capital Murder in a shooting spree in two Northeast Missouri counties in January 2016, has had his trial next month in Monroe County canceled.

Timothy Brokes was due to be in Monroe County Circuit Court Tuesday for a pre-trial hearing on charges of Assault on a Law Enforcement officer, Armed Criminal Action and Hindering Prosecution. Court records show that on Monday, a motion filed by the prosecution asking to cancel a June 12th start date for the three-day trial was granted. Instead, a hearing on three defense motions will be held late Thursday afternoon in Monroe County Circuit Court. Brokes is accused of shooting Monroe City policeman Travis Pugh during a traffic stop. Pugh returned fire and wounded Brokes, which led to his arrest.

In addition, a hearing in Brokes's Marion County case, set for Tuesday, will now also be held on Thursday. Court records show that on Monday, after conferring with both the prosecution and defense, Judge Rachel Bringer Shepherd moved that status hearing in Brokes's Marion County case to Thursday afternoon. At that hearing, Judge Shepherd may rule on a defense motion to exclude certain evidence. They say that the Marion County Sheriff's Office recorded privileged conversations between Brokes and his Public Defender, three days after his arrest. In that case, Brokes faces counts of First Degree Murder, two counts of Armed Criminal Action and one count of Assault, won’t go to trial until May 2019. Brokes is accused in Marion County of shooting Brittany Gauch to death, after first shooting her husband Aaron the same night in January 2016.

Marion County Prosecuting Attorney David Clayton plans to seek the death penalty in the murder case. Brokes is in the Marion County Jail, on just over $2 million bond.

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