UNION, NJ – A murder indictment against Union resident Yves Marcellus was returned from the Union County Grand Jury. Marcellus, 25, is charged with being responsible for the fatal beating of a Maplewood man this past summer.

Marcellus is charged with first-degree murder in connection with the death of 25-year-old Matthew Murrell, according to a press release from the Union County Prosecutor’s Office.

Police responded to a home on the 800 block of Salem Road shortly before 5 a.m. on Tuesday, July 5, to find the body of Murrell in the yard. He was pronounced dead a short while later.

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An intensive joint investigation involving the Union County Homicide Task Force, the Township of Union Police Department, and the Union County Sheriff’s Office resulted in Marcellus being identified as a suspect in the case. He was arrested without incident at his place of employment on Route 22 in Union several days after Murrell’s death.

Marcellus was lodged in Union County Jail, with bail set at $1 million by state Superior Court Judge Scott J. Moynihan. Convictions on murder charges are commonly punishable by 30 years to life in state prison.

These criminal charges are mere accusations. Each defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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