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Steven Brunn: 'My brother is not a monster'

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Steven Brunn doesn't believe his brother, 20-year-old Ryan Brunn, committed the heinous crime police accuse him of.

"All I know is he ain't did what people say he done did," said Brunn.

Brunn stood in the driveway of his mother's Lumpkin County home, holding his pit bull Wednesday when he spoke with reporter Tony McNary.

Funeral services are scheduled for 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011, at First Baptist Church in Canton.

Jorelys' family will hold visitation on Friday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Darby Funeral Home.

"I just don't see my brother committing a crime like this. This is something that a person with a record of that nature would have committed. My brother is not a monster as people [are]making him out to be," Brunn said.

Police said Ryan Brunn beat, stabbed, raped and murdered 7-year-old Jorelys Rivera, then tossed her lifeless body in a dumpster like trash.

"My brother is kind hearted. If he has it, he will give it to you. He's never had any kind of violent past or history. He don't even have a record," said Brunn.

CBS Atlanta confirmed with police that Ryan Brunn does not have criminal history.

Ryan Brunn lived in the same Canton apartment complex where Rivera lived and her body was found. He worked as a maintenance man in the same complex.

Brunn said people have used social media to convict his brother before he has his day in court.

"We need to give him a fair chance. He's only a human being. I don't know if he did do it or didn't do it, but deep in my heart I'm praying he ain't that dumb enough to do something like that," said Brunn.

Ryan Brunn is scheduled to appear in court Thursday at 1:30 p.m.

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