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Family: Man beaten to death over spilled paint

(Credit: Lawson family) (Credit: Lawson family)
(Credit: Lawson family) (Credit: Lawson family)

The family of a man who was beaten so badly on the job that he died days laterJoey Lawson, 29, was hospitalized with a traumatic brain injury, according to court records.  

"We want Joey back,” Joey Lawson’s sister Morgan Lawson said.

Adrian Munoz, 34, is charged with the beating and Lawson’s death.  He was charged with murder Sunday, a few days after he was arrested Thursday on a felonious assault charge in connection with the incident reported Oct. 12.

The two contractors working at Carew Tower were arguing when Munoz "struck the victim and the victim hit the wall and then the ground," Cincinnati police wrote in a criminal complaint.

"The hit to the head caused him being brain dead,” Miranda Lawson said.

Lawson’s sisters say the incident happened over a spilled bucket of paint.

"He came at him about the paint spill.  Joey finally said something.  He confronted him about it, and that's when he attacked him,” Miranda Lawson said.

Joey Lawson was left with facial fractures, a skull fracture, bleeding on the brain and a torn jugular vein.

"He always said, 'Miranda, Morgan and Joey is all we got anymore.'  It's just us three.  We don't really have any family.  It's always us.  Now we don't have him anymore.  He was pretty much the strength, the glue that held us together,” Morgan Lawson said.
Family members say Joey Lawson lived in northern Kentucky for two years.

Munoz is due in court again next week, and is still in jail.

"No matter how much time he serves, it's never going to bring my brother back,
” Miranda Lawson said.

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