Funeral remembers Katie Socci, former boyfriend heads to court

Flowers placed in memory of Katie Socci near the area where her body was found

The man considered the prime suspect in the murder of an Auburn mother faced a judge today on unrelated charges.

Dave McNamara appeared in Auburn City Court Monday, just a few hours after his former girlfriend Katie Socci was laid to rest. McNamara has been in police custody since Wednesday, being held on a probation violation after he was found in a bar. Today, he answered to that charge, and was faced with 3 new felonies, 2 for forgery and one for drugs.

Prosecutors argued McNamara should be remanded without bail saying he is a flight risk and because he is a person of interest in an on-going murder investigation. Instead, a judge placed his bail at $25,000 cash or $50,000 bond.

"It's always a concern when we think there is a risk of flight, that they would make the bail and flee. If he's got $25,000 cash or someone's got a house and $5,000 he could be out. But the good news is the bond has to be posted in court so we will know," said Cayuga County District Attorney Jon Budelmann.

Budelmann says he plans to present the new charges to a grand jury on Wednesday. McNamara is due back in court this Friday for a preliminary hearing.

McNamara is Socci's former boyfriend and the father of her 18-month-old daughter.


The father of murder victim Katie Socci says she's still with him.

John Socci spoke at the funeral for the 29-year-old Auburn mother. Her death was ruled a homicide after her body was found Wednesday in a shallow grave not far from her home.

Socci's father told the crowd gathered at St. Francis to speak about Katie in present terms, not as if she's gone. "Katie is in our hearts, our soul," he said, "She's with us in her incredibly beautiful daughter. She (Sidney Renee) is Katie." John Socci also told Katie's family and friends to remember Katie not as she died, but how she lived. He said she loved her job as a nurse at Upstate University Hospital and touched many people's lives with her smile and her strong spirit.

Socci told people when they left the church to "wipe away your tears, put away your tissues, and spread her smile."

As family and friends say goodbye to Katie Socci, her former boyfriend, David McNamara, prepares for a court appearance. McNamara is the District Attorney's "prime suspect" in Socci's death, but has not been named a suspect by police. Right now he is still considered a person of interest.

McNamara was arrested on Wednesday for a violation of probation. He's scheduled to appear in court on that charge this afternoon.

Click here to read more about memories of Katie Socci, and how you can donate to a fund for her daughter.