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Murder charge woman to give birth

Anne Brown
Anne Brown's body was found lying in water last October

A pregnant woman accused of murdering her mother and dumping her body in an Ayrshire burn, is due to give birth in two weeks, a court has heard.

Lisa Brown, 21, and John Wilson, 25, both deny repeatedly striking Anne Brown on the head and body with a blunt object and murdering her.

The killing is alleged to have happened at Laigh Gree, Burnhouse, Ayrshire, on 18 October last year.

Ms Brown was excused from the latest hearing at the High Court in Glasgow.

Judge Lord Turnbull said that he would not excuse her attendance at the next preliminary hearing in May and set a trial date for June.

Ms Brown and Mr Wilson are also charged with attempting to defeat the ends of justice on 18 or 19 October 2008.

It is claimed they transported Mrs Brown's body in her car, concealed it in a sleeping bag and a builder's bag, tied the bag with a metal chain, twine and wire and weighted it down with stones and bricks and placed it in Clerkland Burn.

Ms Brown is further accused of assaulting her grandmother at a house in Fenwick, Ayrshire, in February 2005, by striking her on the head with a telephone.

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