Updated 06/26/2012 04:30 PM
Murder suspect rejects plea deal
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UTICA, N.Y. -- Tensions and emotions ran high in Oneida County Court, even in the pre-trial stages of a man accused of second degree murder and first degree criminal sex acts.
Craig Ingersoll is accused of murdering 29-year-old Jennifer Bennett in January of 2007 and leaving her body behind the Deerfield Fire Department. He rejected a plea deal Tuesday that could have shaved three years off the 25 to life sentence he now faces if convicted.
The judge also denied Ingersoll bail because he failed to appear in court a number of times and also had outstanding bench warrants.
Ingersoll's defense says they expect to go to trial, but they are investigating further into the DNA evidence that links Ingersoll to the crime.
“Right now, we have a very strong, not to get it thrown out, but we have a very strong argument against the DNA that was secured from the scene,” defense attorney Luke Nebush said.
Motions in the case are due to be filed in late July when Ingersoll's defense will present their case against the DNA evidence.