Jury takes a break in Brooks trial
April 10, 2006
AUBURN ” After a full day of deliberation Friday, jurors in the murder trial of Timothy Brooks called for a break until April 17.
The 12 jurors ” eight men and four women ” will decide if Brooks is innocent or guilty of first- or second-degree murder or voluntary manslaughter for fatally stabbing Robert Ash last August in Tahoe City.
Lawyers on both sides closed their arguments Thursday, with the prosecution stating that Brooks should be convicted of first-degree murder, while the defense tried to convince the jury his client acted in self defense.
The defense, which has tried to portray Ash as violent throughout the trial, said Ash passed Brooks and his wife, Susie, on Highway 89 before Squaw Valley and almost ran them off the road. Brooks said he went searching for Ash in Squaw Valley to find out his license plate number, but maintains that he continued on to Tahoe City to go shopping.
Deputy District Attorney Christopher Cattran has questioned why Brooks did not stop and call the police on their way to Squaw Valley or Tahoe City and why he would bring a knife to “slash a tire” on Ash’s Aston Martin if Tahoe City was busy on a sunny summer morning.
The main point of contention in the trial was who was the aggressor in the fight that ensued between Brooks and Ash outside of Syd’s Bagelry, which led to Brooks stabbing Ash in the abdomen. Ash died later that night at Washoe Medical Center in Reno.
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Mimi Ash, wife of the victim, has characterized her husband as a “sweetheart” who was a very devoted husband and father. Brooks is currently out on $250,000 bail and living with his parents in the Bay Area.