Nov 16 2011 by David Holmes, Chester Chronicle
A JURY has still not reached a verdict in the case of two former lovers accused of
murdering a Chester debt collector.
Scott Davidson, 23, and Rachael Horton, 19, deny a joint enterprise to murder Martin
Ithell, of Boughton, Chester, at their house in Frodsham on March 11.
The jury of six men and six women at Liverpool Crown Court was sent out to consider its verdict by Judge Clement Goldstone QC, the Recorder of Liverpool, last Thursday afternoon.
Judge Goldstone had been seeking unanimous verdicts but today, on the fourth day of deliberations, said he would accept a majority verdict for each defendant on which at least
10 out of 12 jurors was agreed.
The jury was sent home last night to resume its discussions today (Thursday).
Jurors have re-examined court exhibit items, including the shotgun fired at Mr Ithell and two suspect kitchen knives, one of which was used in the stabbing, as well as his watch and a photograph of the deceased's mobile phone.
Mr Ithell bled to death from a shotgun wound to the heart and stab wounds to the neck.
Prosecutors say the former lovers sought to kill 49-year-old Mr Ithell, a friend of Davidson, because they had no way of repaying him the £26,000 they owed.
Davidson, a Chester doorman, spent the money on household bills, the purchase of a high-performance Subaru Impreza car and insurance for that vehicle.
Family members, including the parents of the defendants as well as the girlfriend and brother of the deceased, continue to wait anxiously outside court. The trial continues.
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