August 21, 2007
A former police officer on trial for murdering his girlfriend has changed his story about what happened the night of the shooting. The girlfriend was also a police officer, and her department showed up in force Tuesday in the courtroom. Much of the small Normandy Police Department spent Tuesday in court as a gesture of support for the family of fellow Officer Amanda Cates... If convicted of second degree murder, he would be sentenced to ten to 30 years in prison.
Former policeman convicted of killing girlfriend
By Christine Byers
ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
A Jefferson County jury convicted former police officer Robert Brooks Thursday of second-degree murder and armed criminal action in the shooting death of his girlfriend Amanda Cates, who also was a police officer... Brooks, 38, a former Calverton Park police officer, showed little emotion when the guilty verdict was returned... But several members of his family ran out of the courtroom crying, while Cates’ family wept quietly and embraced... Carolyn Cates spoke to the jury on behalf of her daughter, Amanda. Brooks cried during her testimony.
“My sorrow for Mr. Brooks is that he chose not to value my daughter’s life. But he knows the truth, and he will have to live with that for the rest of his life, and even for him that can’t be easy”...