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Monroe man pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in death of Shirley Cagle, 85


MONROE, Louisiana — A 26-year-old Monroe man has pleaded not guilty to the first-degree murder of 85-year-old Shirley Cagle, the long-time assistant director of the Ouachita Council on Aging.

Robert Nelson was indicted on the charge April 30 by a Ouachita Parish grand jury. Cagle was killed in her Monroe home on April 23.

Nelson entered his plea on Thursday.

Assistant District Attorney Neal Johnson tells The News-Star ( prosecutors haven't decided whether to seek the death penalty, which is an option under the first-degree murder charge.

Nelson is being represented by Monroe criminal defense attorney LaValle Salomon.

Information from: The News-Star,

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