Man charged with Elle Edwards murder to go on trial in June | UK news

A man accused of murdering Elle Edwards, who was shot dead outside a Wirral pub on Christmas Eve, will go on trial this summer.

Connor Chapman, 22, appeared at Liverpool crown court via video link from HMP Manchester on Monday.

He is charged with nine offences related to the incident at the Lighthouse pub in Wallasey Village, Wirral, on 24 December.

Police do not believe Edwards, a 26-year-old beautician, was the intended target of the attack. Four men were also injured in the shooting.

Chapman, wearing a black Nike padded jacket and with long hair, spoke to confirm his name and date of birth during the hearing, which lasted about 10 minutes.

The honorary recorder of Liverpool, Judge Andrew Menary KC, remanded him in custody to appear for a plea and trial preparation hearing on 17 April.

He fixed a trial date for 7 June, with the case expected to last three to four weeks.

As well as murder, Chapman is charged with the attempted murder of Jake Duffy and Kieran Salkeld and three counts of wounding with intent to do grievous bodily harm of Harry Loughran, Nicholas Speed and Liam Carr.

He is also charged with possessing a converted Scorpion submachine gun and ammunition with intent to endanger life on Christmas Eve and handling stolen goods – a Mercedes A class vehicle – between 22 and 26 December.

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