Woman appears before judge charged with murder of Hartlepool mum Kelly Franklin

A woman has appeared before a judge for the first time charged with the murder of Hartlepool mum of three Kelly Franklin.

Friday, 5th October 2018, 1:14 pm
Updated Saturday, 6th October 2018, 9:08 am
Kelly Franklin

Prosecutors are considering a joint murder trial for a man already remanded for the killing of Hartlepool mum of two Kelly Franklin, 29, and an older woman who appeared at Teesside Crown Court today.

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.

Flowers at the scene.

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Torbjorn Kettlewell, 30, is already remanded to prison on the murder charge with a seven day trial arranged to start on January 14.

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.

Police at the scene.