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Utica man pleads not-guilty in 2007 murder

By JOLEEN FERRIS

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - The Utica man accused of the murder and forcible sodomy of a Utica woman entered a not-guilty plea in Oneida County Court on Wednesday.

A family sledding found Jennifer Bennett's body behind the Deerfield Fire House in January 2007. Earlier this year, science, in the form of a DNA hit, led investigators to Craig Ingersoll.

Ingersoll entered a not-guilty plea to second-degree murder and criminal sexual act in the first-degree. The Oneida County District Attorney's Office extended a plea offer, but neither prosecutors nor the defense are disclosing the terms. Ingersoll is due back in court June 26 to let the judge know if he wants to take the offer or take his chances at trial.

The judge on Wednesday didn't set bail for Ingersoll, who is currently serving a sentence at Oneida County Jail on unrelated charges. That sentence is finished the first week of June, and Ingersoll's attorney does plan to make an application for bail by then.

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