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Judge boosts bond for man accused of gunning down city worker in Club Cedar parking lot

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- He's accused of gunning down a man in a club parking lot. Today a judge said the suspect is a danger to the community.

Premeditated and planned: that's how the judge in today's arraignment hearing described the shooting that took place on Tuesday. Today, 51-year-old Maurice Deal pleaded not guilty to murder. He was also denied a bond reduction. In fact, the judge said his original bond was too low, and raised it to $25,000, cash only. 

The judge said the investigation shows he worked with another person.

Deal is charged with shooting and killing 55-year-old Joseph Keith Otis at Club Cedar at the corner of 26th Street and Cedar Street in the Russell Neighborhood. 

Police say there was a physical altercation before the shooting. 

Deal was arrested and taken to jail Thursday night. 

The victim, Otis, was a Metro Public Works employee. He was well known in his neighborhood. 

Several people witnessed the aftermath of the shooting Tuesday night. It happened around 9 p.m., one hour before the club's security comes on.

As part of his bond, Deal also is ordered not to have any firearms or ammunition. 

The murder is still under investigation as police believe others may be involved. If you have any information that may help police, please give them a call at 574-LMPD. 

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