Provisional trial date set for Wellington murder suspect

A murder suspect will next appear in court in September after a man with stab wounds died.

Police at the scene in Fowler Close, Wellington
Police at the scene in Fowler Close, Wellington

John William Walker, aged 64, is accused of killing Mark Espley, aged 52, in Fowler Close, Wellington, on Saturday, June 18.

West Mercia Police said they were called shortly before 11am and, despite officers administering CPR, Mr Espley died at the scene.

Walker, of Fowler Close, has not entered a plea, and will next appear at Stafford Crown Court on September 5 for a plea and trial preparation hearing. Although he has not pleaded, a provisional trial date of November 2 has been set.

Walker remains on remand until his next court appearance.

It was one of three violent incidents believed to have involved blades in and around Wellington over the course of that weekend.

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