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Trial under way for Uitca man charged in 2007 murder

Testimony is under way in the murder trial of a man charged with killing a 29-year-old woman five years ago and dumping her body behind an Oneida County fire department.
UTICA, N.Y. (AP) - Testimony is under way in the murder trial of a man charged with killing a 29-year-old woman five years ago and dumping her body behind an Oneida County fire department.

Local media outlets report that a man testified Wednesday in a Utica court on how he nearly struck a lump in snow while sledding with his son behind the Deerfield fire station in early 2007. Buried in the snow was the body of 29-year-old Jennifer Bennett. Authorities say she had been strangled and her body dumped behind the fire hall.

In March, authorities charged Craig Ingersoll of Utica with second-degree murder and criminal sexual act in Bennett's death. Officials say Ingersoll was charged after his DNA matched evidence from the crime scene.

Ingersoll pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Testimony began Wednesday and is scheduled to resume Thursday.

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