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Second suspect arrested in connection with Oct. murder at Club Cedar

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville Metro Police say they've arrested a second suspect in connection with the murder of a man outside a Louisville night club.

The shooting took place on Tuesday, Oct. 6, at Club Cedar, near the intersection of S. 26th Street and Cedar Street. Police say the victim, 55-year-old Joseph Keith Otis, was involved in an argument when he was shot. His body was found in the back parking lot.

Days later, on Oct. 8, police arrested 51-year-old Maurice Deal. Deal was charged with one count of murder.

Yesterday, police arrested a second suspect in the case: Norman Deal, Maurice Deal's brother. He is charged with complicity to murder. According to Louisville Metro Police spokeswoman Alicia Smiley, Norman Deal is accused of helping his brother commit the murder.

He was brought before a judge Thursday morning and a not guilty plea was entered on his behalf.

Friends of the victim, say Otis knew the brothers.

“They grew up together,” said Fred Dougherty.

In fact, Fred Dougherty says, it was another incident at Club Cedar, days before the shooting, that may have resulted in Otis being killed.

He says one of the brothers hit a truck, belonging to Joseph Otis.

“Maurice came and told him he hit it but he's not going to pay for it,” said Fred Dougherty.

Dougherty said it led to a fight and days later the shooting happened.

Friends and neighbors of Otis say they're relieved to hear of a second arrest in the case.

“I never stopped praying. That's the key to the whole thing, is prayer,” said Carrie Anthony, who lived beside Joseph Otis.

Carrie Anthony says Otis was a good Samaritan, who cut his neighbors' grass, and helped them out when they needed it.

He worked for Metro Public Works and was a garbage truck driver and handler.

Anthony says his co-workers also took his death hard.

“And I notice when the trucks go by, they seem to stop and pay their respects, because we still can't believe that he's gone,” said Carrie Anthony.

She says she's praying for all involved in this situation and hoping for less violence overall in the new year.

“I hope the community comes together and we have a better 2016 than we did 2015,” said Carrie Anthony.

“I'm just thankful they got them off the streets. Hopefully justice will be done. Just thankful. Just thankful,” said Fred Dougherty.

As for Norman Deal, he's set to appear back in court in January.

A "not guilty" plea was entered on his behalf today.

Click here to see previous story involving arrest of Maurice Deal.

Click here to see previous story about shooting at Club Cedar.

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