Police & Courts

Trial delayed for Hannibal man accused of shooting Monroe City officer

Timothy Brokes
By THE HERALD-WHIG STAFF
Posted: May. 15, 2018 5:30 pm Updated: May. 15, 2018 6:37 pm

PARIS, Mo. -- The trial of a Hannibal man charged in the shooting of a Monroe City police officer has been delayed.

Court records show that the three-day trial of Timothy M. Brokes, which was to start June 12 in Monroe County Circuit Court, was canceled Monday, as was a Tuesday pretrial conference.

Brokes, 36, will return to court Thursday for a motion hearing in the case. He faces charges of assault on a law enforcement officer, armed criminal action and hindering prosecution of a felony in the Jan. 13, 2016, shooting involving the officer.

In a related case, Brokes is set to be tried May 7, 2019, on charges of first-degree murder and armed criminal action in the Jan. 12, 2016, shooting death of 30-year-old Brittany S. Gauch and to first-degree assault, first-degree armed assault and armed criminal action in the shooting of her husband, Aaron M. Gauch, the same day.

Thursday's hearing could include a ruling on whether recorded statements Brokes made to police in the Marion County Jail after his arrest are admissible in court. His attorneys, Assistant Public Defenders David Kenyon and Charles Hoskins, argue that the statements, which included a private conversation Brokes had with his attorney, should not be admitted during the trial.

Brokes' attorneys also have argued that evidence collected during the search of 1104 Summer St. in Hannibal, where Brittany Gauch was fatally shot, and the Bel-Air Motel in Monroe City, where Brokes allegedly stayed after the shootings, should be suppressed.

If Brokes is convicted of the murder charge, Marion County Prosecuting Attorney David Clayton said he plans to seek the death penalty.

Brokes is being held in the Marion County Jail.

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