A MOTHER and son charged with hindering the discovery of evidence which is allegedly connected to the murder of a Tamworth police officer have had their requests for their cases to be heard outside of Tamworth refused.
During a hearing in Tamworth District Court today a solicitor appearing for James Strudwick and Sharon Strudwick, argued that local media coverage would unfairly jeopardise a fair trial.
The hearing went for about two hours this morning with Judge North deciding to refuse the applications for the pending trials to be moved elsewhere.
Judge North determined if a jury was properly instructed in the matters its members would be capable of dealing with the evidence in the court room and not beyond.
Sharon Strudwck and James Strudwick are facing charges of hindering the discovery of evidence allegedly connected to the death of Senior Constable David Rixon who was shot in a Tamworth street in March last year after making a routine traffic stop.
Their cases were adjourned to Tamworth District Court on March 6 when a trial date is likely to be fixed.
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