Timothy M. Brokes Jr. represented by capital counsel public defender, following prosecutors' decision to puruse death penalty in case

Just weeks after prosecutors announced they would seek the death penalty against the man charged with killing a Hannibal woman and severely injuring her husband before injuring a police officer in separate January 2016 incidents, a new capital counsel public defender appeared on his behalf Monday, Oct. 2.

Timothy M. Brokes Jr., of Hannibal, faces multiple felony charges in Marion and Monroe Counties stemming from a crime spree, ending with the death of Brittany Gauch and separate assaults of Aaron Gauch and Monroe City officer Travis Pugh. Brokes did not appear for the Monday, Oct. 2 hearing due to his current incarceration with the Missouri Department of Corrections. Capital Counsel Public Defender Charles Hoskins represented the defendant. Marion County Prosecuting Attorney David Clayton represented the state.

According to probable cause statements filed in the crimes, Brokes stole his father’s truck and went to a home just west of the Hannibal city limits, where he shot and subsequently ran over Aaron Gauch. He then allegedly went to a home on Summer St. in Hannibal and shot Brittany Gauch at close range with a rifle.

Brokes then fled the scene with June Smith. The pair was spotted in Monroe City the next day. When officer Pugh engaged with Brokes, a shootout ensued, resulting in injuries to both Pugh and Brokes.

Court documents allege Brokes and the Gauches used drugs together prior to the assault and murder.

Smith was convicted of hindering prosecution last year.

Marion County Prosecuting Attorney David Clayton and Special Prosecuting Attorney Talley Kendrick announced their intention to pursue the death penalty in the case Tuesday, Sept. 19. Because Brokes is charged with first-degree murder, Missouri law uses certain “aggravating circumstances” to determine if the defendant would be eligible to be sentenced to death.

The Courier-Post's news-gathering partners KHQA submitted a request for cameras in the courtroom, and a hearing regarding that topic will take place 3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1, in the Marion County Courthouse in Hannibal. Brokes' new attorney requested a date for a suppression hearing at 8 a.m. Monday, Nov. 27. Brokes is being held at the South Central Correctional Center in Licking, Mo., where he is serving time on a possession charge.