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Jury goes out in murder trial

The jury in the trial of Michael Chudley has been sent out to consider its verdict. Mr Chudley, a bankrupt businessman, is accused of murdering Devizes solicitor Jim Ward in July last year.

Mr Chudley told the jury at Salisbury Crown Court that he admitted manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility but denies murder. He has also admitted making a threat to kill and two firearms offences.

Jim Ward was a partner at the law practice MGW in St John's Street, Devizes. The 58-year-old was representing a former customer of Mr Chudley's. Mr Ward was shot with a sawn-off shotgun and died three weeks later in hospital in Bristol.

Man charged over Devizes shooting

James Ward remains in hospital with life threatening injuries after being shot in the head Credit: Morris, Goddard & Ward

Wiltshire Police have charged a man with attempted murder after a man was shot in the head in Devizes.

James Ward, who's 58 remains in hospital with life threatening injuries following the shooting at a solicitor's office in the Wiltshire town on Monday.

62 year old Michael Chudley has also been charged with threats to kill, possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence and carrying a firearm with criminal intent.

He remains in police custody and will appear at Salisbury Magistrates Court this morning (Wednesday 4th July 2012).

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