Elle Edwards murder: Connor Chapman to stand trial in summer over fatal Wallasey pub shooting

Connor Chapman is also charged with possessing a converted Scorpion sub-machine gun and two counts of attempted murder.
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Connor Chapman will stand trial for the murder of Elle Edwards later this year.

Ms Edwards, a 26-year-old beautician, was shot in the head just before midnight on December 24 when a gunman opened fire outside the entrance to The Lighthouse pub in Wallasey Village.

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She was rushed to Arrowe Park Hospital, where she was sadly pronounced dead. Police do not believe Ms Edwards was the intended target of the attack. Four men also suffered gunshot wounds during the incident and were treated in hospital for their injuries.

Chapman, 22, wearing a black Nike padded jacket and with long hair, appeared at Liverpool Crown Court via videolink from HM Prison Manchester on Monday.

He is charged with nine offences related to the incident at The Lighthouse and spoke to confirm his name and date of birth during the hearing, which lasted about 10 minutes.

Honorary Recorder of Liverpool Judge Andrew Menary KC remanded him in custody to appear for a plea and trial preparation hearing on April 17. He fixed a trial date for June 7, with the case expected to last three to four weeks.

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As well as murder, Chapman is charged with the attempted murder of 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 sub-machine gun and ammunition with intent to endanger life on Christmas Eve and handling stolen goods, a Mercedes A class vehicle, between December 22 and 26.

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