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Monday, 10 September, 2001, 05:35 GMT 06:35 UK
Stone murder trial to hear evidence
Josie Russell
Josie Russell has made a remarkable recovery
The jury in the trial of Michael Stone, the man accused of killing Lin and Megan Russell, is expected to hear its first evidence on Monday.

Michael Stone, 41, formerly of Gillingham, Kent, is accused of killing 45-year-old Lin and her six-year-old daughter in a frenzied hammer attack in a country lane in Chillenden, Kent, on 9 July 1996.

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

The trial began at Nottingham Crown Court last week.

Blood

After the jury of nine men and three women was sworn in, they were sent home until Monday while legal submissions were heard.

The bodies of Doctor Russell, 45, and her younger daughter were found in a small copse in Cherry Garden Lane, covered in blood.

Josie was also found at the scene. 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.

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

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