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Public defender to represent man accused of murder

Jason Stoker
Jason Stoker

The man accused of first-degree murder in connection with the death of a Chester police officer last month will be represented by a public defender.

Jason M. Stoker, 34, of Chester requested a public defender during a Monday hearing, according to the Randolph County Circuit Clerk’s website. Stoker is charged with first-degree murder and reckless homicide in connection with the Oct. 28 death of James Brockmeyer. Brockmeyer died from injuries he suffered in a crash after he was pursuing Stoker around 10 p.m. on Palestine Road in rural Randolph County, about two miles north of Chester.

Stoker’s next scheduled court appearance is on Nov. 21, when Judge Richard Brown will rule on a motion to increase Stoker’s bail. Stoker is being held in the Randolph County Jail on $250,000 bond. Randolph County State’s Attorney Jeremy Walker filed paperwork last week seeking to increase Stoker’s bail, saying Stoker is a flight risk.

If convicted of the murder charge, Stoker faces up to 60 years in prison. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Dec. 5.