The Hannibal man facing murder and assault charges after a January crime spree in Marion and Monroe counties pleaded not guilty to the related charges on Friday, May 20.

The Hannibal man facing murder and assault charges after a January crime spree in Marion and Monroe counties pleaded not guilty to the related charges on Friday, May 20.

Timothy M. Brokes Jr., of Hannibal, appeared in person before Judge John Jackson in Marion County Associate Circuit Court. Raymond Legg represented the defendant. Marion County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Gareth Cooksey represented the state. Brokes waived a preliminary hearing and pleaded not guilty to felony charges of first-degree murder, first-degree assault and armed criminal action. The defendant was bound over to Circuit Court for arraignment at 9:30 a.m. Monday, June 20.

Marion County Prosecuting Attorney David Clayton announced the first-degree murder and assault charges against Brokes on April 29, three-and-a-half months after Brittany Gauch died of gunshot wounds and her husband, Aaron Gauch was wounded in separate incidents on Jan. 12.

Brokes also faces assault charges in Monroe County, after a shootout left Monroe City police officer Travis Pugh injured and ended with Brokes and alleged accomplice June Smith placed under arrest.

Because the first-degree murder charge indicates premeditation, Clayton said the charge could carry a potential punishment of the death penalty.

Brokes remains incarcerated in the Marion County Jail on a $1 million cash-only bond and two $500,000 cash-only bonds. Charges for Smith in Marion County remain under review.

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