Man accused in clerk’s murder appears in court

Desi Thomas walks into a Marion County courtroom on Friday, July 18. (WISH Photo)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — A man accused of shooting and killing a defenseless clerk had his first day in court on Friday.

Deputies escorted Desi Thomas into a Marion County courtroom Friday morning. The 25-year-old is charged with murder and robbery.

Thomas is accused of shooting and killing Harry Briggs inside a south side gas station on June 4.

During a hearing Friday, Thomas spoke softly as he responded to the charges. A judge appointed Thomas a public defender during the hearing.

Prosecutors have not determined if they will pursue the death penalty in Thomas’ case.

Thomas’ next hearing is scheduled for Sept. 2. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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