Accused Catholic Supply Killer Thomas Bruce Appears in Court

His case will now be heard by a grand jury

Brett Blume
January 23, 2019 - 11:29 am

Robert Cohen/St. Louis Post Dispatch - used with permission

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CLAYTON, Mo. (KMOX) — The man accused in November's deadly attack at the Catholic Supply store makes another court appearance.

KMOX's Brett Blume was in the courtroom, where Thomas Bruce showed no emotion during Wednesday morning's hearing. He also chatted amiably with his attorney before his next court date was preliminarily set for mid-March.

However, that date will likely not happen because a grand jury is expected to step in prior to that date and likely alter the timeline for the case. Attorneys on both sides seemed to indicate that would likely happen.

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Robert Cohen/St. Louis Post Dispatch - used with permission
Robert Cohen/St. Louis Post Dispatch - used with permission
Bruce is charged with first-degree murder and several other felonies in the Nov. 19 attack at the Catholic Supply store near Ballwin. Prosecutors say the one-time minister fatally shot Jamie Schmidt after she refused his sexual demands. Two other women who were in the store were sexually assaulted.

Bruce also has been charged with sexually assaulting another woman two months earlier. 

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The Associated Press also contributed to this report.