UNION, NJ - Yves Marcellus, 25, a Township of Union man, has been arrested and charged with being responsible for the fatal beating of a Maplewood man that took place earlier this week, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park announced Saturday.

Marcellus is charged with first-degree murder in connection with the death of 25-year- old Matthew Murrell.

On Tuesday morning, police responded to a home on the 800 block of Salem Road and found the body of 25-year old 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 Union Police Department, and the Union County Sheriff’s Office resulted in Marcellus being identified as a suspect in the case, and he was arrested without incident at his place of employment on Route 22 in Union Friday night.

Marcellus is lodged in Union County Jail, with bail set at $1 million by state Superior Court Judge Scott J. Moynihan.  His first court appearance is expected to be held in the coming days.

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.