The Utica man charged with killing his girlfriend on William Street denied the charge in County Court this morning.
Brian Brewczynski, 32, appeared for arraignment before Judge Michael L. Dwyer, alongside Public Defender Kurt Schultz. Court officials said a not guilty plea was entered on his behalf to a charge of second-degree murder.
The case was adjourned to June 18.
Authorities said the body of 49-year-old Cheri Saupp was found at a residence on William Street in Utica at 6:30 a.m.
The Utica man charged was initially charged with manslaughter and was later indicted for murder by a county grand jury.
An indictment is a formal charge made against a person by a grand jury.
It does not establish guilt or remove the presumption of innocence.
Police said that Saupp had suffered a severe head injury, and an autopsy determined the cause of death to be a homicide.
Brewczynski was taken into custody several days later, the local law enforcers added.