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Trial begins for man accused of burning down Java Monkey

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Trial begins for man accused of burning down Java Monkey

Rickey Thomas

Decatur, GA — Nearly four years ago, in 2018, the Java Monkey — a popular Decatur coffee shop – burned to the ground.

On June 28, the man accused of starting the fire is getting his day in court.

Rickey Thomas is accused of being a disgruntled employee who burned the shop down after getting fired from his job. His defense, led by Adam Petty, argues that the state has no evidence to show his client committed his crime, saying their case relies on a fragment of video footage that allegedly shows Thomas. It does not, however, show the crime being committed.

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