FLEMINGSBURG (FOX19) -
Charles Black and Kevin Howard pled not guilty in a Flemingsburg courtroom Friday to charges of murder, kidnapping and robbery in the case of missing University of Cincinnati professor Randall Russ.
Housed in two separate jails and appearing at two separate times, Charles Black and Kevin Howard are being held on a $1 million cash bond.
In October, two months after Russ went missing, Black told police he helped Howard bury him in a shallow grave north of Lexington but denied murdering the professor.
Kentucky State Police recovered the body but have yet to positively identify it as Russ.
Friday, for the first time, Russ's sister Connie and daughter Katie came face to face with the man accused of killing their brother and father.
"Those was the last set of eyes my brother seen so therefore I wanted to make sure that they knew we was here,” said Connie Fetters.
A hearing to determine whether that million dollar cash bond will be lowered has been set for early February.
The Commonwealth Attorney has not decided whether or not he will seek the death penalty.