Details about Timothy Aaron Hoag paint him as a violent man

Wednesday, January 30, 2013 | 5:08 p.m. CST; updated 7:22 a.m. CST, Thursday, January 31, 2013

COLUMBIA — Timothy Aaron Hoag, the man with the violent past who police say killed Jeong Im in 2005, was capable of following through on threats of physical violence, according to court records.

That kept at least two people from telling police what they knew about Hoag's possible connection to Im's slaying.


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In December 2012, a few months after Hoag committed suicide on Aug. 9, 2012, by jumping off a parking garage at Fifth and Walnut streets at the age of 35, MU police were contacted by a person who identified Hoag as a possible suspect in the case. The person told police he feared for his own safety and that of his family if he came forward sooner.

That led investigators to another acquaintance of Hoag's who talked about bringing Hoag to the Maryland Avenue parking garage several times on the day Im was killed.

But a motive for the killing remains unknown, and efforts to locate members of Hoag's family were unsuccessful on Wednesday.

Hoag's last known address was 2900 Flora Drive. Police say he had no known employment at the time of his death. A Timothy Aaron Hoag is listed on the summer 2010 President's List at Moberly Area Community College.

Court records show that a restraining order was filed against Hoag in Boone County family court in January 2001. He was accused of assaulting Mark Pressley, a local chiropractor, and threatening to hurt his family in an effort to extort $1,200 from Pressley's business, according to court documents.

After entering the business, Hoag "threatened to break (Pressley's) hands and arms so he couldn't practice" and to "go to his house and hurt his wife and make the children watch," according to the court records. He told Pressley "that he would get some sick twisted pleasure from it."

The officer who swore out the probable cause statement noted that "(Hoag) should be considered extremely dangerous to the victim due to his physical size 6 feet 7 inches and 235 (pounds). He also made threats to victims (sic) family and did already assault victim. Suspect also told victim that if he contacted the police that he would just bond out and come back as many times as it took."

Hoag was charged with third-degree assault and victim tampering in February 2001 as a result of the incident. After pleading guilty to both charges, he received a six-month sentence in Boone County Jail and two years of probation, according to Missouri

Contacted at his business Wednesday, Pressley said: "I'd prefer not to talk about it, thank you." 

In June 2004, court proceedings were begun to have Hoag evicted from a rental property. The following year, he was arrested for unlawful use of drug paraphernalia,  and another restraining order was filed against him in family court.

One of Hoag's brothers, Michael J. Hoag, also sought an order of protection against Timothy Hoag. On a court document dated June 27, 2005, Michael Hoag described his reasons for seeking protection after fighting with his brother over a roofing job that "Tim" had agreed to do and then refused to finish. "He told me he was to (sic) angry with me about a previous argument. He stated that he wanted more money and that I had better give it to him. ... My girlfriend, employer and myself are all scared of Tim Hoag at this point."

Dave Miller, Hoag's former landlord who owns a house on Quail Drive, where Hoag lived three or four years ago with a varying number of roommates, remembered forcing Hoag to move out.

Hoag's autopsy showed the presence of Lamictal in his system, said Dori Burke, the death examiner for the Boone County Medical Examiner's Office. Lamictal is a drug used to treat epilepsy and bipolar disorder, according to the Mayo Clinic website.

Christine Coester, Samantha Sunne and Peter Kampschroeder contributed to this report.

Supervising editor is Katherine Reed.

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Mike Martin January 30, 2013 | 10:53 p.m.

Hmm. The description of Hoag here -- an Amazonian 6'7" -- isn't the description of Im's killer police released, a full 7 inches shorter.

That's one of several oddities I hope conscientious reporters can resolve about a conclusion that seems to raise more questions than it answers.

For instance, here's a guy who committed the city's most high profile murder, probably ever, prancing around in town getting into further trouble with law enforcement just a month after the killings. On top of that, he's involved in an extradition proceeding that bracketed the case and took nearly a year to conclude, and it appears he still never left town, getting into minor legal trouble for years after the killings.

If I'm a killer of this magnitude, I'm probably not hanging around. I'm definitely not getting into more trouble with the law.

Reports say Hoag came and went from the crime scene with help from a so-called "witness" driving a car. This driver allegedly picked up Hoag at a business north of the campus after the murder to bring him back so he could burn the body.

Visualize with me here. A 6' 7" huge dude who just violently stabbed to death a total stranger in the dark of a parking garage on a really cold day leaves the garage and walks to a business to phone a friend to help him get a can of gasoline so he can return -- let me say that again -- RETURN -- to burn the body?

Then there's the blood on the shoes.

"Bloody footprints found at the scene helped investigators develop a timeline for the crime," the Trib reported in 2006. "They say the footprints show the killer or killers returned to the scene two hours after Im was stabbed to set the car on fire."

Visualize with me here. I'm letting a guy with bloody shoes, a gas can, and a mask get into my car as the Maryland Avenue parking garage bellows smoke, not asking questions, not calling the cops, and saying nothing for 8 years?

Putting my defense attorney cap on for a sec, if this "witness" is really this clueless, how credible is he or she? I'd eat that person for lunch on the witness stand.

And does anyone else wonder where the so-called "touch DNA" came from? The perp didn't leave fingerprints (didn't "touch" anything) and was wearing a hood and a face mask, and the crime scene was set on fire.

And still, the police retrieved hair, blood, and other DNA sources? Maybe that's true, but let's see the DNA chains of custody. Let's see the raw data, the real results any defense attorney would demand in court, before we hang someone for murder, even if he was a troubled dead guy.

And let's identify these witnesses. Hoag is dead -- he can't hurt them now.

Finally, why does a petty crook kill a total stranger without robbery or any kind of apparent gain?

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Richard Saunders January 31, 2013 | 11:02 a.m.

Well, the one thing I've been waiting to see was what psychotropic drugs he was on. Sure enough, he's on a med prescribed for bipolar disorder, Lamictal.

Next question, how much of his life was spent in a clinically drugged up state?

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