Accused murderer pleads not guilty

44-year-old Sheldon Davis formally pleaded not guilty to murder and arson charges Wednesday morning.

Davis is accused of killing 52-year-old Denise Marie Anderson. Firefighters found Anderson's body in a north Fargo house fire back in August.

In court Wednesday morning, the defense asked for $500,000 bond, adding that Davis is not a flight risk. The state reiterated the danger Davis poses to the public, but the judge denied bail reduction.

Davis is due back in court on January 9th.