A Bay Shore man was arrested and charged with murdering a 26-year-old man who was found dead in a wooded area of Middle Island two weeks ago, Suffolk County prosecutors said.

Michael Dirkschneider
Michael Dirkschneider

Michael Dirkschneider pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder, second-degree murder and criminal possession of a weapon Wednesday at Suffolk County court.

Authorities said the 30-year-old suspect allegedly shot Alexander Incorvia to death behind a shuttered K-Mart store on Middle Country Road.

Police recovered a .45-caliber handgun, which investigators believe to be the murder weapon, from Dirkschneider’s dresser on April 2, the same day a woman found the victim’s body, prosecutors said.

Incorvia’s body was found by a woman walking her dog in the wooded area behind the vacant store. The victim, a resident at the Comfort Inn on Route 112 in Medford who had been reported missing days earlier, was shot multiple times.

A grand jury indicted Dirkschneider for the homicide on Friday, prosecutors said.

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