Police tell the Ithaca Journal that Gary Lowe of Cortland was also charged Thursday with robbery, conspiracy, criminal possession of a weapon and criminal use of a firearm. He was sent to the Tompkins County Jail without bail.
Lowe is accused of shooting 25-year-old Francisco Santiago of the Bronx on Dec. 1.
A second man facing murder charges in the slaying, 34-year-old Lawrence Beauford of Ithaca, is currently in a western New York prison for an unrelated robbery.
It couldn't immediately be determined if Lowe had a lawyer.