The defence is due to begin in the trial of a man accused of murdering a woman from Whitby and a Middlesbrough pensioner.
James Allen is accused of murdering 50-year-old Julie Davison and 81-year-old Colin Dunford last April.
Allen denies the charge and the trial continues.
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