AUBURN — A Maine man charged with murder after the discovery of a woman’s body buried in his basement is denying a probation violation.

Shackled and handcuffed during a court appearance Tuesday, 22-year-old Bob W. Ryder denied violating probation in the alleged slaying of Danita Brown, whose remains were found last week under his Lewiston apartment. Police say the 38-year-old woman, who’d been missing for several weeks, was found after Ryder told his Alcoholics Anonymous sponsor he’d hit her in the head with a clock and then hid the body in the basement.

Two weeks later, the sponsor told police.

The Lewiston Sun Journal reports that Ryder, who’s awaiting a bail hearing, is being held in the Androscoggin County Jail.