- Associated Press - Friday, May 1, 2015

MONROE, La. (AP) - A Ouachita Parish grand jury has indicted a Monroe man on a charge of first-degree murder in the death of 85-year-old Shirley Cagle in her home last week.

Prosecutors say 26-year-old Robert Nelson could face the death penalty if convicted.

Assistant District Attorney Neal Johnson said Thursday he hasn’t decided whether the prosecution will pursue the death penalty.

Cagle was well known in the community from her role as the long-time assistant director of the Ouachita Council on Aging. She was the sister of state Rep. Frank Hoffmann.

Nelson was arrested last week after police responded to a burglary complaint.

Monroe criminal defense attorney LaValle Salomon told The News-Star (https://tnsne.ws/1GBSduh) he expects to be retained by Nelson’s family in the murder case.

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Information from: The News-Star, https://www.thenewsstar.com

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