A Haverhill man pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges of illegally moving the remains of a dismembered homicide victim and being an accessory after the gruesome killing, officials said.
Reginald Cummings, 26, entered his plea in Newburyport District Court to the charge of accessory after the fact to murder and one count of disinterring a body in connection with the slaying of Dennis Ray Jackson, 24, the Essex district attorney’s office said.
The remains of Jackson, of Amesbury, were found in two locations last November, near the Bridgewater state prison complex and behind an industrial building in Hyde Park. No one has been charged with killing Jackson.
Cummings’s lawyer could not be reached for comment.
A spokesman for Essex District Attorney Jonathan W. Blodgett declined to comment beyond the statement, which did not detail the evidence that prompted the charges. Officials also did not say whether Cummings is a suspect in the murder or if anyone else is being sought.
Cummings was arrested in California in November on an unrelated warrant.
On Wednesday, Cummings was ordered held without bail pending a probable cause hearing on May 22.