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WorldNo plea on McKinnon murder charge

01:01  17 september  2019
01:01  17 september  2019 Source:   msn.com

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The alleged killer of Victorian surfer Sean McKinnon has deferred his plea on murder charges due to mental health concerns. The matter had a first High Court hearing on Tuesday morning in Hamilton, but on medical advice Justice Lang has excused the man due to stand trial.

An Elizabethtown teenager rejected a plea offer by the state Tuesday and will stand trial on an attempted murder charge . Instead, McKoy told Judge Douglas B. Sasser that he wanted a trial on felony charges of attempted first degree murder and discharging a weapon into occupied property.

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The alleged killer of Victorian surfer Sean McKinnon has deferred his plea on murder charges due to mental health concerns.

No plea on McKinnon murder charge
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The matter had a first High Court hearing on Tuesday morning in Hamilton, but on medical advice Justice Lang has excused the man due to stand trial.

Neither Crown counsel or the man's defence opposed the deferring.

The 23-year-old New Zealander will be required to enter a plea on his next hearing appearance, set for 29 October.

The trial has been laid down to begin on 16 November 2020, with three weeks allocated to hear the case.

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Mr. Tarrant is charged with the attempted murder of 40 other worshipers. Prosecutors have also filed one charge under terrorism laws, which are rarely invoked in New Psychiatric reports, which had been ordered at his last court appearance, found that Mr. Tarrant was mentally fit to enter a plea , said

Barrett had been charged with Jessome's second-degree murder , but the Crown dropped that charge Wednesday after his guilty plea on the lesser charge . Barrett, who is in his early 40s, was convicted in March 2016 of second-degree murder in the death of Brett McKinnon , 19. He was sentenced to

Mr McKinnon, a 33-year-old from the western Victorian surf town of Narrinda, was buried last month in a moving funeral in nearby Warrnambool.

His fiance, Canadian midwife Bianca Buckley, was sleeping alongside Mr McKinnon in his campervan when he was shot several times on August 16.

She fled through the bush on the outskirts of the North Island town of Raglan, seeking refuge in a farmhouse where she alerted authorities to her partner's death.

The suspect was apprehended on the outskirts of Hamilton the next day, having driven the campervan for some time before abandoning it.

The accused, the subject of a court order suppressing his identity, did not attend the hearing and will be remanded in custody until then.

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