Former Jefferson Co. police officer convicted of murdering fiance

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by Associated Press

KMOV.com

Posted on June 29, 2012 at 4:13 PM

Updated Friday, Jun 29 at 4:50 PM

HILLSBORO, Mo.—A former eastern Missouri police officer has been convicted of second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of his fiancé six years ago.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports Friday’s verdict marked the second time 43-year-old Robert Brooks was convicted of the charge in Jefferson County Circuit Court. The Missouri Supreme Court threw out the earlier conviction, citing improper comments by prosecutors.

Brooks was a Calverton Park police officer when he shot 26-year-old Amanda Cates, a school resource officer at Normandy Middle School, in August 2006.

Brooks claimed he fired in self-defense after struggling with Cates at the home they shared in Crystal City. He testified Friday that Cates had threatened him with a loaded gun after he came home from a night of drinking with another woman.

 

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