CLAYTON, Mo. — A 53-year-old man accused of killing a woman and wounding two others at a Catholic store in Missouri has pleaded not guilty.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports Thomas Bruce, of rural Jefferson County, entered the plea Wednesday after waiving arraignment.
Prosecutors say that on Nov. 19 , Bruce made three women at the Catholic Supply store near Ballwin take their clothes off. He allegedly forced two women to perform sex acts on him and fatally shot a third woman, 53-year-old Jamie Schmidt, of House Springs, when she refused his demands.
Bruce is charged with first-degree murder, several counts of sodomy, armed criminal action, kidnapping, burglary and tampering with evidence.
Bruce also has been charged in an attack on a 77-year-old Jefferson County woman two months before the Catholic Supply attack.