SALEM, Mass. (AP) — A Salisbury man charged for his alleged role in the dismemberment and distribution of another man’s body parts has been held on $500,000 bail after pleading not guilty.

Reginald Cummings was arraigned Monday in Salem Superior Court on charges of disinterring a body and being an accessory after the fact.

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Prosecutors said the 27-year-old Cummings remains a person of interest in last November’s presumed slaying of Dennis Ray Jackson, a man who had been staying with Cummings in a Salisbury condo before his disappearance. They have been unable to conclusively link Cummings to Jackson’s death, only to the discovery of body parts.

Jackson’s body parts were found in Bridgewater and Boston.

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Defense lawyer Ed Hayden said Cummings, a father of four, has ties to Massachusetts and is not a flight risk.

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