FARGO — The son of a murdered Fargo woman found dead after an apartment fire last week says he’s relieved that his mother’s alleged killer’s bail has been set at $1 million cash-only.

“Everybody’s safer now in Fargo-Moorhead because of that . . . everybody’s mom and grandma,” Nicholas Berlin said in an interview outside the Cass County Courthouse following accused murderer Sheldon Davis’ Tuesday, Aug. 6, first appearance.

Davis, 44, is charged with murdering his ex-girlfriend, 52-year old-Denise Anderson, and setting fire to the apartment where her body was found. He faces one count of murder, a Class AA felony, and one count each of arson and endangering by fire or explosion — both felonies.

Berlin said he’s also relieved Davis’ bail was set at $1 million because he’s concerned for his own safety.

“I don’t want to be the next person telling my wife or son that if Sheldon gets out I’m going to be dead,” he said. “He’s mad at me, you know, obviously, for speaking out.”

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Pointing to Davis’ past record of domestic abuse, Berlin said he hopes Davis is given life in prison without parole.

“There’s a huge pattern here and I feel like (it) could have been prevented,” he said.

Berlin said he hopes prosecutors are meticulous in their case, preventing the possibility of an appeal by Davis.

In his first appearance in court on Tuesday, Davis told Judge Tristan Van de Streek that there was “too much” left out of the case. Berlin invited Davis to speak up about any details that might be missing.

“He’s grasping for sticks, he’s grasping at the air. He’s trying to cling on to whatever he can and try to keep doubt in people's mind(s),” Berlin said.

“If there was something, say it," he said. “What is it?”