Man Who Kills Store Clerk Over Required Mask Faces Judge | New

DECATUR, Ga. (CBS46) – The man accused of shooting and killing a cashier at a DeKalb County grocery store over the store’s mask requirement faced a superior court judge on Tuesday.

Victor Lee Tucker, Jr. of Palmetto, was scheduled to attend a virtual arraignment hearing. Judge Asha Jackson apologized for Tucker after learning that he had previously pleaded not guilty and was in custody without bail.

Investigators said Tucker, 30, had an argument with a cashier at the Big Bear grocery store on June 14. Tucker left the store without making a purchase, authorities said, but returned with a gun and shot the cashier, later identified. as Laquitta Willis, 41 years old.

Tucker then exchanged gunshots with DeKalb County Sheriff’s Deputy Danny Jordan, who worked in the store as a part-time security guard.

“He shot me in the chest,” Jordan told CBS 46 days after the incident. “Thank goodness for my bulletproof vest. “

Tucker was hit by one of the deputy’s bullets. The officers who responded stopped Tucker as he attempted to crawl through the front door. He remained hospitalized for several days before being transferred to DeKalb County Jail.

Tucker faces six felonies, including one malicious murder.

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