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No true bill returned against Monroe Dollar General store manager

On Thursday, May 18, a grand jury returned a No True Bill in the case of Rafus Anderson, who had been charged with manslaughter. Anderson, the store manager for the Dollar General store on S. 9th St. in Monroe, had been facing charges for shooting and killing Monquarius Thomas during a robbery on Jan. 2.

According to Anderson's lawyer, Neal Johnson, the Dollar General store had been robbed six times between August 2022 and January 2, with four of those instances resulting in successful robberies. On the day of the shooting, Thomas was armed with a handgun and in the process of robbing the store when Anderson fired his weapon.

Anderson claimed that he was acting in self-defense and in defense of the customers who were present during the robbery. The grand jury ultimately rejected the charges against him.

While this case has garnered significant attention, it is important to remember that the decision made by the grand jury was based on the evidence presented to them. As such, it is a reminder of the importance of thorough investigations and fair legal proceedings.