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Jury sworn in ahead of Charlotte Murray murder trial

A jury of eight men and four women was today (Monday) sworn in ahead of the trial of a 48-year-old chef accused of the murder of his 34-year-old former girlfriend who disappeared without trace almost seven years ago.
 

John Patrick Miller, originally from Coleraine, but with an address in Redford Park, Dungannon, denies murdering Charlotte Murray on a date between October 31 and November 2 2012.

Ms Murray, originally from Omagh, and Miller, lived together in Moy at the time and both worked in the nearby Cohannon Inn.

No details surrounding the murder were outlined to the Dungannon Crown Court jury by trial Judge Stephen Fowler QC.

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The trial is expected to last four to five weeks, during which time in addition to police and other experts, they may hear evidence from up to 30 other witnesses.

Releasing them for the day, Judge Fowler indicated that depending on legal submissions the trial should get underway later this week.
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