Road-rage murder trial delayed a week
March 12, 2006
Jury selection is taking longer than anticipated in the Timothy Brooks murder trial, delaying the trial until at least March 20.
Brooks is facing an open count murder charge in the stabbing death of Robert Ash, 47, outside Syd’s Bagelry in Tahoe City. The stabbing occurred 30 minutes after Ash allegedly cut off Brooks and his wife in his car on Highway 89 before Squaw Valley.
Jury selection was scheduled to be complete by Thursday, when opening testimonies were supposed to begin. Now, the trial will take a break this week because of scheduling conflicts.
Lawyers in the case have estimated the trial will take two weeks once testimony begins.
Brooks was living in Truckee at the time of the August incident. Ash, of Newcastle, Calif., grew up in Incline Village and had been working on projects in Truckee the previous year and was spending time in town before his death.
Brooks is free on $250,000 bail and living in the Bay Area with his parents.