The Jackson man accused of killing a Florida man in what police have described as a drug-related killing pleaded not guilty to the murder charge Wednesday afternoon, June 6.

Daniel Porter, 24, of Jackson, entered his plea during arraignment at Waldo County Superior Court in Belfast.

Porter is accused of acting as the trigger man in the shooting death of 31-year-old Jerry Perdomo, whose body was found in the woods off Dahlia Farm Road in Newburgh Feb. 29. According to Journal archives, Porter was arrested Feb. 28 at the residence of his father, Gary Porter, on Hadley Mill Road in Jackson following a police investigation into Perdomo’s disappearance.

Porter was arrested days after Bangor police issued a plea for the public’s help in locating Porter and his girlfriend, 23-year-old Cheyanne Nowak, on Feb. 23. Police located the two in Connecticut the following day.

Porter, who was dressed in a jail-issued uniform for his court appearance, was in the courtroom for about five minutes during the brief hearing.

After Justice Robert Murray asked Porter’s attorney, Jeffrey Silverstein, if he had explained the nature of the charge and last month’s Grand Jury indictment against his client, and Silverstein said he had, the judge then asked Porter about his plea.

“Not guilty,” said Porter in a clear voice.

As Porter left the courtroom, a number of his supporters told Porter they loved him.

“I love you too,” he said, as court security led him out of the courtroom.

Murray stated that Porter’s bail would remain in effect, meaning Porter will continue to remain in custody, and a trial will likely take place next April.