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Wednesday, 5 September, 2001, 09:25 GMT 10:25 UK
Stone murder trial begins
The jury has been sworn in at the trial of Michael Stone, the man accused of killing Lin and Megan Russell.

Michael Stone, 41, formerly of Skinner Street, Gillingham, is accused of killing 45-year-old Lin and her six-year-old daughter in a frenzied hammer attack on an isolated footpath, near Chillenden in Kent on 9 July 1996.

He has also been charged with inflicting serious head injuries on Megan's older sister, Josie, then aged nine, who has since made a miraculous recovery.

The jury for the trial was sworn in on Wednesday, and sent home until Monday.

Josie was found at the scene of the killings with horrific injuries. Emergency staff presumed she too was dead until they detected a faint pulse.

The body of the family dog, Lucy, was also found at the scene.

Stone denies two counts of murder and one of attempted murder.

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"The jury of three women and nine men were sworn in this morning"
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