Crown to call 17 witnesses in murder case

THE two people charged with the murder of William John Stevenson on Christmas Day appeared in the Bendigo Magistrates Court via video link on Wednesday.

Danielle Antionelle Kerr, 36 of Kerang, and Darren Lewis, 46 of Wellsford, have been remanded in custody to reappear in the Bendigo Magistrates Court on August 19 for a four-day committal hearing.

The court heard up to 17 witnesses will be cross examined.

The proceedings are also expected to include a video link to New Zealand.

Kerr is facing one charge of murder and one charge of accessory to murder. 

Lewis is facing one count of murder.

Mr Stevenson, 47, has not been seen since leaving a house, near where his burnt-out vehicle was found, on Christmas Day.

He was reported missing by his boss after not showing up for work at Hazeldene's Chicken two days later.

A police officer located Mr Stevenson's burnt-out car on January 1.

Mr Stevenson moved to Kerang in 2012 to take a job as a driver with JRM Freight before joining Hazeldene's Chickens in November.

Mr Stevenson was originally from New Zealand.

Mr Stevenson’s Morrinsville-based sister-in-law, Tracey Stevenson, said her brother lived in the Morrinsville area until he flew to Australia in 2011.

He had worked a succession of jobs but spent most of his working life farming.


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