The Dryden man accused in the death of an Ithaca woman whose body was found in June at an apartment complex construction site was arraigned in Tompkins County Court Friday.
45 year old Michael Davis pleaded not guilty to charges of first degree murder and arson last month. If convicted of murder, Davis could face life in prison without parole.
Investigators identified a personal relationship between the victim, 28 year old Josie Berrios, and Davis, who is being held in Tompkins County Jail without bail. Possible hate crime charges were ruled out in the case even though Berrios was a transgender woman.