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Man charged with beating his co-worker to death faces a judge

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) --  The man accused of brutally beating his co-worker to death faced a judge Wednesday morning.

Raymon Murrell is behind bars at Metro Corrections. His family is apologizing to the victim's family, but says he didn't commit the crime.

In court the judge said, "Mr. Murrell, you are charged with murder, burglary in the 1st degree and tampering with physical evidence."

In an orange jump suit, 33-year-old Murrell pleaded not guilty to charges in the beating death of 63-year-old Phillip Schulz. Murrell's family says the two were co-workers at Packaging Unlimited.

"That's a dangerous man. He was breaking into a vending machine and my father told him to leave and he hit my father in the head with a steel pole. That's unacceptable," said John Schulz, the victim's son.

Investigators say Murrell broke into the vending machine Friday morning at the same time Schulz was arriving to work. But Murrell's family says the father of four told them he didn't do it.

"We want to know everything. We want to see everything. We want evidence. We want to see finger prints. We want it all. We want all of it. I want to see everything. I'm not going to let them put this on my brother, no, I'm not," said Shawanta Murrell, the defendant's sister.

"No, no my son didn't do it. Lord, my mother is telling me he didn't do it. I know my mother is looking down on me and telling me he didn't do it," Shawanda Murrell, the defendant's mother.

The judge set Murrell's bond at $250,000 cash. Murrell says he was fired from the company and the judge ordered him to have no contact with the business and the victim's family.

It's been emotional for both families who disagree on who killed Schulz.

Schulz says he knows what the appropriate punishment should be: "Prosecutor asked me, I'm going for death, an eye for an eye. You killed an innocent. The guy is 33, my dad was 63, my dad was 110 pounds wet. He could have pushed him down and left, but he decided to take his life."

"He's telling me, 'Sister, I didn't do it,' so I'm going to sit there and believe him until proven guilty or not guilty," said Shawanta Murrell.

The victim's family says they'll be at every court date for this case to make sure justice is served.

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