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Cayuga Heights, N.Y. — A resident of Cayuga Heights has been accused of murder, the Cayuga Heights Chief of Police announced Friday.

Benjamin A. Cayea was charged with one count of second-degree murder for a “domestic incident” that occurred within the village of Cayuga Heights on Thanksgiving Day, a press release said.

Cayea has been taken to jail without bail and will reappear in Cayuga Heights Court on Dec. 2 at 6 p.m.

The Cayuga Heights Police Department was assisted by the New York State Police, Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office, Cornell University Police Department, Cayuga Heights Fire Department, and Bangs Ambulance.

Cayuga Heights police said they are releasing no other information at this time.

Two police officers — one from the sheriff’s office and one from Cayuga Heights Police — remained on scene at 400 Triphammer Road as of about 11 a.m.

The red brick building was surrounded by caution tape. The officers on scene declined to comment. 400 Triphammer Road is considered housing for Cornell graduate students.

District Attorney Gwen Wilkinson also declined to comment.

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