Pair on trial for murder of elderly couple in Mansfield

A man and woman are on trial for the murder of her parents who were found buried in the back garden of their Mansfield home.

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Jury hears man's account to police of Mansfield deaths

Christopher and Susan Edwards Credit: Police Handout

A jury in trial of a husband and wife accused of murdering the woman's parents in Mansfield eight months ago has heard what the man told police.

The jury heard that Christopher Edwards told police that his wife Susan had travelled to see her parents, William and Patricia Wycherley, on Mayday 1998. That she had heard her parents arguing before hearing a shot.

And that upon entering the room she saw her mother holding a pistol and her father on the floor.

The court heard an argument took place after her mother told Susan Edwards that her father had abused Susan as a child, and that she (Patricia Wycherley) had slept with Christopher Edwards.

Christopher Edwards then told police that his wife Susan had shot her mother.

The court heard that Christopher Edwards told police that when his wife told him about the shootings, he assisted in burying the bodies in the garden.

The jury heard that Susan Edwards told police in a statement that she had shot her mother - Patricia Wycherley - after severe provocation.

Susan Edwards, 56, admits the manslaughter of her mother, and both she and Christopher Edwards, 57, admit burying both bodies and theft.

They both deny murdering Mr and Mrs Wycherley.

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