Joss Stone accused denies murder plot
A man from Manchester has denied plotting to kill singer Joss Stone on the first day of his trial at Exeter Crown Court.
Junior Bradshaw, aged 31, was asked to make a plea for the first time during a brief hearing in front of Judge Francis Gilbert, QC, the Recorder of the City of Exeter.
He stood in the dock with co-accused Kevin Liverpool, who has already pleaded not guilty to similar charges.
Bradshaw, of St Stephens Close, Manchester, denied conspiring with Liverpool and persons unknown between January 1, 2011 and June 14, 2011 to murder Jocelyn Eve Stoker, also known as Joss Stone.
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He also denied conspiracy to rob and cause grievous bodily harm to the singer between the same dates.
Liverpool, aged 34, of the same address, denied the same charges when he appeared before Judge Graham Cottle at Exeter Crown Court on January 20 last year.
Judge Gilbert adjourned both cases until Monday when a trial is due to start in front of a jury at Exeter Crown Court. He remanded both in custody.
Both men were arrested in June 2011 near Joss Stone’s home in Ashill, East Devon, and have been in custody ever since. The case was originally set down for hearing in August, but was adjourned for legal reasons.