ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis County grand jury has returned a 17-count indictment against a man suspected of killing a woman and sexually assaulting two others inside a suburban St. Louis religious supply store.
The indictment filed Wednesday mirrors charges filed in November against 53-year-old Thomas Bruce of Imperial, Missouri. He is accused of first-degree murder, kidnapping, sodomy and other charges. He is jailed without bond.
A spokeswoman for prosecutor Wesley Bell said Monday that the indictment eliminates the need to prove the worthiness of the case at a preliminary hearing.
The attack occurred Nov. 19 at the Catholic Supply store near Ballwin. Prosecutors say Bruce fatally shot Jamie Schmidt after she refused his sexual demands.