ITHACA, N.Y. – A Dryden man facing murder and arson charges in connection to the death of a woman in Collegetown appeared in Ithaca City Court on Monday morning for a felony preliminary hearing.

Michael B. Davis, 45, is accused of killing Josie Berrios, 28, who was found dead at a construction site in Collegetown last week. Davis is charged with second-degree murder and first-degree arson in connection with the homicide.

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Davis, represented by Attorney James Baker, waived his rights to a felony preliminary hearing, entering a not-guilty plea to both felony charges. Judge Scott Miller said due to the city court’s limited jurisdiction, monetary bail is still pending. Deputy District Attorney Andrew Bonavia, the prosecutor for the case, was also present at the hearing, along with a handful of supporters for Berrios.

“This file is ready to be transferred to (Tompkins County Court) for grand jury action,” Miller said.

Davis is currently held without bail at Tompkins County Jail and further court appearances are pending until the case is transferred.

Alyvia Covert

Alyvia is a Crime Reporter with The Ithaca Voice. She graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Journalism and Photography.