Solicitor murder trial

A man has been convicted of murdering a Wiltshire solicitor. Jim Ward was shot in Devizes last year. Michael Chudley admitted manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility but was found guilty. He has been sentenced to life in prison.

Devizes murder sentencing: from our Wiltshire reporter

A builder convicted of murdering a solicitor by shooting him in the head, has today been told he must serve at least 28 years in prison. Jim Ward was shot in his office in Devizes last July by Michael Chudley.

Chudley had admitted manslaughter through diminished responsibility because of a paranoid personality disorder. But the 63-year-old was convicted of the more serious charge of murder yesterday. Robert Murphy reports.

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FULL REPORT : Sentenced to 28 years in prison

by Robert Murphy

A builder convicted of murdering a solicitor by shooting him in the head with a shotgun has today been told he must serve at least 28 years in prison. Jim Ward was gunned down in his office in Devizes last July by Michael Chudley.

Chudley admitted manslaughter through diminished responsibility because of a paranoid personality disorder. 63-year-old old Chudley was convicted of the killing yesterday.

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"Remorse is beyond his capacity" says barrister

Michael Chudley, the man convicted of murdering Devizes solicitor Jim Ward is being sentenced at Salisbury Crown Court.

In this morning's hearing, his own barrister told the judge "Remorse is beyond his capacity."

As he was convicted of murder, Chudley expects a life prison sentence. But the judge is setting the minimum tariff he must serve before the 63-year-old is eligible for parole.

Chudley admitted two firearms offences and a threat to kill.

Sentencing of man for murdering solicitor

Michael Chudley (pictured) is due to be sentenced for the murder of Devizes solicitor Jim Ward Credit: South West News

A bankrupt conman found guilty of murdering a Devizes solicitor will be sentenced today. Michael Chudley shot Jim Ward at his practice in the town in July last year. He had admitted manslaughter through diminished responsibility because of a paranoid personality disorder.

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