Members of the jury hearing the trial of a suspect accused of killing Jamie McMahon in St Giles Churchyard last year have been given the option of returning a verdict of manslaughter, as well as murder or not guilty.
The decision was made this morning by Judge Rupert Mayo during the sixth day of the trial at Northampton Crown Court,
During the hearing, Yvonne Coen, prosecuting, concluded her case against Michael Francis, aged 33, who stands accused of being involved in the killing of Mr McMahon, aged 26 in the early hours of October 2, 2013.
He is also accused of robbery. Mark Lewis has already pleaded guilty to murder.
Summarising the case, Mrs Coen outlined evidence, including a receipt from the BP garage off Upton Way where the pair paid £12.39, allegedly taken from Mr McMahon’s wallet, for tobacco and food, a Nike bag belonging to Lewis and containing clothes dumped off Edgar Mobbs Way, and phone “activity” from McMahon’s iPhone, which the pair are accused of stealing and selling, recorded hours after the attack took place.
The trial for Francis will resume at Northampton Crown Court on Monday.