Man accused in clerk’s murder appears in court

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.

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