LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – A Louisville man was arraigned Wednesday and now faces charges for allegedly beating and killing a man as he got to work in Louisville.
“If you could find the definition of an average American, it would be my dad,” John Schulz said. “He worked, he paid his bills, he fished, he hunted and he raised his family. That’s all he did.”
That life of 63-year-old Philip Schulz was tragically cut short. Early Friday morning, he was beaten after he walked in on a burglary in progress when he went to work at Packaging Unlimited in west Louisville at 12th and Kentucky Streets.
Police say 33-year-old Raymon Murrell was breaking into vending machines at the business just before 5 a.m. and hit Schulz in the head during the burglary. Schulz died a day later at University of Louisville Hospital.
“He hit my father in the back of the head with a steel pole,” John said. “That’s just unacceptable.”
Schulz's family attended Murrell’s arraignment at Metro Corrections where Murrell was officially charged two days after Shulz's death.
Murrell was charged with murder, burglary and tampering with physical evidence.
Murrell's sister and mother were also in court on Wednesday. They said police arrested the wrong person.
“No, my son didn’t do it,” Shawanda Murrell, Raymon’s mother said.
Currently, Murrell is being held behind bars at Metro Corrections on a $250,000 cash bond.
“I don’t have $250,000 to get my brother out,” Shawanta Murrell, who is Raymon’s sister, said. “I promise you, I am going to stick with him to the end, and like I said, I am sorry for the victim’s family.”
Murrell's family said he was at his uncle’s house at the time of the burglary and it could not have been him who killed Schulz, but Schulz’s son says there is mounting evidence against Murrell that will come out in court, where Schulz’s family wants the suspect to face the steepest penalty.
“Death,” Schulz’s son said. “If the prosecutor was going to ask me, I’m going to go for death. I mean an eye for an eye.”