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Harlan County man pleads not guilty to murder charge

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email
Robert Curry pleaded not guilty to the murder of Bruce Penix.

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HARLAN, Ky. (WYMT) - A Harlan County man accused of beating another man to death last year was arraigned Thursday morning.

A grand jury recently indicted 40-year-old Robert Curry on a murder charge. Robert Curry pleaded not guilty to the murder of Bruce Penix.

David Penix waited nearly ten months to see his father's accused killer in court.

"It has been a very long wait but we are happy to see justice is moving forward and the case is making progress," said David Penix.

Bruce Penix, 47, died in September of last year. Kentucky State Police found his body in a home. An autopsy showed he was beaten and died from severe head injuries. Police say Curry delivered the blows.

"He's maintaining his innocence," said Attorney Douglas Asher II. "There's some highly questionable circumstances surrounding this particular case. It's a very unique circumstance."

Police have not released a motive for the beating or any other details on the case.

David Penix says his family will never recover from the unexpected loss last year.

"My grandfather talks about him everyday. It's just one day at a time. I'll never see my father again. It's nice to know that the person they've charged with the murder, he's locked up as well," said David Penix.

He says he plans to be at every court appearance.

"Hoping for justice so my father can rest in peace," said David Penix.

Judge Henry Johnson scheduled the first pre-trial conference for September.

Curry's bond is $500,000.

Curry also has several other charges including resisting arrest, menacing, and a parole violation. He pleaded not guilty to those charges as well.

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