Metro-East News

Trial date set for man charged with murder of Chester police officer

A judge recently set a trial date for a man charged with causing the death of 22-year-old police officer James Brockmeyer in October.

Jason M. Stoker, 34, was set to face a jury July 10 in the Randolph County Courthouse. Brockmeyer died as the result of injuries he suffered in a crash while pursuing Stoker, police said.

Stoker was charged with first-degree murder and also faces one count of reckless homicide and three counts of aggravated fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer.

State’s Attorney Jeremy Walker said Stoker faces up to 60 years in prison if found guilty of first-degree murder. Stoker pleaded not guilty in December.

Stoker’s attorney, James Kelley, said he believes there is a solid case behind his client’s not-guilty plea.

“I’m quite confident that when all the facts come out, we will be in a good position,” Kelley said.

Brockmeyer’s death rocked the small community that mourned the loss of the officer and volunteer firefighter.

The state’s attorney said he is confident the jury will remain unbiased in their decisions.

“I believe that they will make their decisions only based on the evidence presented in the courtroom,” Walker said. “Not on what they’ve read or heard about the case or their personal feelings in the case.”

Stoker has remained in the Randolph County Jail since he was apprehended in St. Louis in November.