Trial delayed for suspect in fatal attack at Catholic store

Trial delayed for suspect in fatal attack at Catholic store

In this Dec. 5, 2018 file photo, Thomas Bruce appears in St. Louis County Circuit Court. (Credit: Robert Cohen/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP.)

The trial has been delayed for a man accused of killing a woman and injuring two others at a suburban St. Louis Catholic supply store.

CLAYTON, Missouri — The trial has been delayed for a man accused of killing a woman and injuring two others at a suburban St. Louis Catholic supply store.

Thomas Bruce had been scheduled for trial on Oct. 13. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that a St. Louis County judge on Friday granted the delay. A new trial date was not set.

Bruce’s request cited ongoing restrictions on in-person court proceedings and public health risks from the coronavirus pandemic.

Bruce is 54. He has been jailed for nearly two years on charges of first-degree murder and multiple counts of sodomy, armed criminal action, kidnapping, burglary and tampering with evidence. Authorities say he sexually assaulted two women and fatally shot 53-year-old Jamie Schmidt, a customer at the Catholic Supply store, on Nov. 19, 2018.

The judge set the next hearing for Dec. 4 to discuss setting a new trial date.

Bruce also has been charged in an attack on a 77-year-old Jefferson County woman two months before the Catholic Supply attack.

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