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Mansfield Bodies In Garden: Susan And Christopher Edwards Deny Murdering Couple

21/02/2014 09:24 GMT | Updated 21/02/2014 12:59 GMT
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A daughter and son-in-law have denied shooting her elderly parents who were found buried in their own back garden.

Susan, 55, and Christopher Edwards, 57, each entered a plea of not guilty to two counts of murder at Nottingham Crown Court this morning.

The pair are accused of murdering Mrs Edwards' parents, William and Patricia Wycherley, between May 1 and May 5 1998.

The Wycherley's disappeared from their home in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, in 1998.

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Human remains were found in the back garden

Police launched a murder investigation after two sets of human remains were recovered from the garden of the Wycherleys' home in Blenheim Close, Forest Town, in October last year.

Post-mortem examinations showed both had been shot.

Today the court heard that both skeletons had been found with two gunshot wounds.

The remains - discovered after a tip-off - have not been formally identified but officers believe them to be those of Mr and Mrs Wycherley, who would now be 100 and 79 respectively.

Mr and Mrs Edwards, of no fixed address, were arrested at St Pancras International railway station in London on October 30 last year.

The judge His Honour Michael Stokes QC, Recorder of Nottingham, today remanded the couple into custody.

They will next appear at Nottingham Crown Court for a hearing on March 21.

A potential trial date has been set for June 2.