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Louisiana suspect accused of using rocking chair to kill man he suspected was poisoning his food, police say

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Source: Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office

Feb. 26 2022, Published 11:06 a.m. ET

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A Louisiana suspect is accused of manslaughter after he allegedly killed a man with a rocking chair during a home invasion, police said.

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On Feb. 25 at 12:40 a.m., officers with the Monroe Police Department responded to a residence and discovered a man lying dead on the living room floor from what appeared to be blunt force trauma to the head.

According to witnesses, Christopher Lee Thomas, 45, allegedly struck the victim with the chair, a probable cause affidavit states.

Officers said they tracked down Thomas at his home. The suspect claimed the man he allegedly attacked was a “pervert” and he had to “stop him,” the affidavit states.

Thomas, the officers noted, claimed the victim was breaking into his residence in order to poison his food so he went to the man’s house to confront him.

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Thomas claimed the man tried to attack him with a rocking chair but he blocked it and the chair struck the victim’s head, officers wrote in the affidavit.

The man fell to the ground and Thomas returned to his house, unaware the victim died.

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Thomas was being held on a manslaughter charge at Ouachita Correctional Center.

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Source: Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office
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