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Grandmother touched Jodi's body
Jodi Jones
Jodi Jones was killed in June last year
The grandmother of murdered schoolgirl Jodi Jones told a high court murder trial how she touched the dead girl's forehead after finding her body.

Alice Walker initially thought she had stumbled upon an animal until she realised it was the 14-year-old.

She had been searching for Jodi after the girl failed to return to her Dalkeith home in June last year.

Luke Mitchell, 16, has denied murdering girlfriend Jodi and has lodged special defences of alibi and incrimination.

Search party

Mrs Walker, 67, went out to search for her granddaughter soon after 2300 BST on the day she went missing.

The search party was made up of Jodi's sister, Janine, 19, and her fiancÚ, Steven Kelly, 21, and they later met up with Luke Mitchell.

Mrs Walker said at one point Luke Mitchell climbed over a v-shaped gap in a wall on the Roan's Dyke path, near Jodi's home, and said "there's something there".

Mr Kelly followed over the wall and Mrs Walker said she thought she heard him being sick.

Jodi was just lying there. She was just lying there
Alice Walker
Jodi's grandmother

Mrs Walker then climbed through the wall herself and told the court: "I thought it was all right, it was just a shape I saw, a light-coloured shape and I thought it was an animal or something."

She said she moved around and discovered it was in fact her granddaughter.

She added: "Jodi was just lying there. She was just lying there.

"I had to go up. I was just standing looking because I could not believe it.

"I just noticed the mark round her neck. She was facing, looking up.

"I know that I did go closer, up to Jodi, and I actually touched her forehead."

Charges denied

The murder charge alleges Luke Mitchell attacked Jodi, of Easthouses, Dalkeith, in woods near Roan's Dyke.

The youngster denies that and claims that at the time he was in, or near, his home, and that Jodi, 14, was murdered by person or persons unknown.

He also denies charges of possessing knives in public places and being concerned in the supply of cannabis resin to other school pupils, including Jodi.

The teenager has lodged the special defences of alibi and incrimination.

The trial continues.

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