Even though he pleaded not guilty ... family members say they are relieved to see the man police say killed their loved one in court.
Jeremiah Evans is accused of killing William Taylor in 2008.
Evans is facing murder charges for a cold case involving Taylor of Frakes.
Taylor was beaten in his home in 2008 and later died from his injuries.
Family members say they have waited a long time for this day to come.
The Taylor family was just a few feet away from Evans when he stood before the judge.
Elaine Duvall, one of Taylor's daughters ... says she is relieved.
"I surprised myself when tears came to my eyes. I didn't know that was going to happen... but it did with a smile on my face," said Duvall.
She says she thought about her dad when she saw Evans.
"I thought about him right there... we used to fish together... I miss Dad," said Evans.
While family members say they are elated to see the case move forward, they say they respect Evans' right to a fair trial.
Evans' attorney says he is innocent and got involved with the wrong crowd.
"This is a very tragic thing but everybody needs to wait until the last song is sung in this case. I think they will find out my man didn't commit a murder. He didn't have any part in it," said Lowell Lundy.
Evan's pretrial should take place next year.
Police say their investigation into this case is ongoing and more arrests are pending.
Police arrested Deborah Lynn Partin of Pineville on murder charges in connection to this case on Thursday.
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