Judge orders Brooks back to jail
TAHOE CITY – A Placer County Superior Court judge ordered Timothy Brooks back to jail Friday, two weeks after denying the defense’s request to reduce the 25-year-old’s murder charge to voluntary manslaughter.Brooks, a part-time Truckee resident, has been charged in the stabbing death of Robert Ash in Tahoe City.Brooks is to remain in custody until a Feb. 7 hearing, unless he can post an additional $250,000 cash bail, said Deputy District Attorney Chris Cattran. Brooks was still in Placer County Jail in Auburn Tuesday morning. He had been free since posting the original $250,000 bail in November.In December, Cattran asked Judge Richard Couzens to reconsider Brooks’ bail if the murder charge was sustained. Another judge in November lowered the initial murder charge to voluntary manslaughter and Cattran re-filed the murder charge, which was upheld Jan. 6 by Couzens.Brooks, who was living in Truckee at the time of the August incident, has been accused of stabbing and killing Ash, 47, of Newcastle, Calif., outside Syd’s Bagelry in Tahoe City after Ash passed Brooks and his wife in his car on Highway 89 before Squaw Valley, according to eyewitness accounts.Ash, who grew up in Incline Village, had been working on projects in Truckee the previous year and was spending a lot of time in town before his death.Judge Couzens set a Feb. 7 hearing for more information on international travel restrictions on Brooks. Cattran has painted Brooks as a flight risk since his wife, Susanne Brooks, is a German national.The trial is scheduled to begin Feb. 27 in Auburn.