A woman has appeared before a judge for the first time charged with the murder of Hartlepool mum of three Kelly Franklin.
Prosecutors are considering a joint murder trial for a man already remanded for the killing of the 29-year-old mum, and an older woman who appeared at Teesside Crown Court today.
Kelly 29, was found in Oxford Road, Hartlepool, on Friday, August 3. She is believed to have been stabbed.
Julie Wass, 48, appeared by videolink from Low Newton Prison facing a charge of murdering Miss Franklin who died following an incident on Oxford Road, Hartlepool, on August 3.
He is also charged with possession of a bladed article.
John Elvidge QC, the leader of her defence team, said that he had an appointment to see her at the prison on Wednesday next week.
Prosecutor Jamie Hill QC said that a psychiatric report on Kettlewell was due to be ready by the end of the month, and that a decision might follow on a joint trial for them.
Wass was remanded in custody until a date some time in November.
Ms Franklin died at the scene close to a children’s play area near Chaucer Avenue despite the efforts of passers-by who tried to save her life.
In a statement released in the days after her death they said: “Kelly Anne Franklin was such a loving, caring, beautiful young mother-of -three whose life has been tragically cut short.
“Kelly was always bursting with life, happiness and joy and you would not bump into her without seeing a beautiful smile on her face.
“She was loved by so many and always had time for others.
“Her three beautiful children were her most treasured things in her life and they are all in complete shock and horror that their mother’s life has been taken away from them and us so suddenly.”