Herald-Whig

Judge rules against cameras in Hannibal man's murder trial

Timothy Brokes
By THE HERALD-WHIG STAFF
Posted: Nov. 10, 2017 12:01 am Updated: Nov. 10, 2017 11:22 pm

HANNIBAL, Mo. -- Cameras will not be allowed in the courtroom during the Timothy Brokes murder trial.

Judge Rachel Bringer Shepherd made the ruling Thursday saying it would "materially interfere with the rights of the parties to a fair trial."

The Herald-Whig's news-gathering partners at WGEM and Quincy TV station KHQA both asked the court to allow for cameras. The request also asked to allow reporters to post to social media in the courtroom and to stream the proceeding live.

Representatives for both TV stations made statements before Bringer Shepherd on Nov. 1. The request was opposed by Brokes' counsel.

Brokes, 36, has pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree murder and armed criminal action in the Jan. 12, 2016, shooting death of Brittany S. Gauch, 30, and to charges of first-degree assault and armed criminal action in the shooting of her husband, Aaron M. Gauch, 32, the same day. Both were shot in Marion County.

Marion County Prosecuting Attorney David Clayton said in September that he will seek the death penalty against Brokes.

Brokes also is facing charges in Monroe County in connection with the shooting of a Monroe City police officer Jan. 13, 2016. He 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 Circuit Court.

He is scheduled to return to court Nov. 27 for a motion to suppress hearing. Brokes continues to be held in the Marion County Jail.