HANNIBAL, Mo. -- The April trial for a Hannibal man accused of murder and assault in the 2016 shooting of a Hannibal couple is being delayed because a mental examination has not been completed and because of evidence-related issues.
Timothy M. Brokes Jr., 35, has pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree murder and armed criminal action in connection with the Jan. 12, 2016, shooting death of Brittany S. Gauch, 30, and to charges of first-degree assault and armed criminal action in connection with the shooting of her husband, Aaron M. Gauch, 32, the same day. The shootings occurred at different locations in Hannibal.
A four-day trial had been scheduled to start April 10. A new trial date likely will be set during a status hearing April 7. If convicted, Brokes could face the death penalty.
Brokes also has pleaded not guilty to charges of assault on a law enforcement officer, armed criminal action and hindering prosecution of a felony in Monroe County, where he is accused of shooting a Monroe City police officer as he was taken into custody Jan. 13, 2016.
Brokes is being held in the Missouri Department of Corrections, where he is serving a five-year sentence for a 2013 conviction for possession of a controlled substance after his probation was revoked.