A man accused of punching and kicking a man to the ground and then dragging him down an elevator shaft has been charged with first-degree murder, police in Alabama said.
Authorities said 25-year-old Tyler R. Loeffler, of Lake Charles, Louisiana, was charged with aggravated battery, first-offense murder and reckless conduct in the death of 36-yearold David Thomas, who was pronounced dead at a local hospital in March.
Loefflers attorney, Steven C. DeBartolo, said Monday that the allegations were a lie and that the man had “no motive to attack.”
The attorney said the accusations against Loefler were false, and that Thomas had been attacked by a group of other men.
Thomas had been working in the company’s air conditioning facility in Lake Charles when a group arrived, he said.
A witness told police that the elevator was running but that they did not know how long it was running, and they left before the elevator doors opened, DeBhartolo said.
Loeser was taken into custody after the shooting.
He was released on bond Monday night.
The man’s attorney, Mark A. Wilson, said Loeffer has a lengthy criminal record in Louisiana.