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Woman found guilty of murdering her parents and burying them in their backgarden where they lay for 15 years

Emma Sword

Published 20/06/2014 | 12:24

Christopher Edwards, 57, and Susan Edwards, 56, who have been found guilty at Nottingham Crown Court of murdering her parents, whose bodies were found buried in their own back garden 15 years after they disappeared
Christopher Edwards, 57, and Susan Edwards, 56, who have been found guilty at Nottingham Crown Court of murdering her parents, whose bodies were found buried in their own back garden 15 years after they disappeared

A woman who murdered her parents for their money with the help of her husband then buried them in their back garden where they lay undiscovered for 15 years is facing a life sentence.

Susan Edwards, 56, and her husband Christopher, 57, were found guilty of murdering Patricia and William Wycherley at Nottingham Crown Court.

The bodies of the Wycherleys were unearthed from the back garden of their home in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, last October.

Prosecutors at Nottingham Crown Court claimed the debt-ridden couple murdered her parents for their money between May 1 and 5 1998.

Mrs Edwards claimed she was provoked into shooting her mother while staying with her parents over a bank holiday after Mrs Wycherley shot her father.

She claimed she returned the following weekend with her husband, where she confessed to what had happened and he helped her to bury the bodies.

The couple said they continued to claim the dead pair's benefits and pensions to cover up the shootings.

The defendants, who were arrested last October, admitted obstructing the coroner in the execution of his duty and the theft of a Halifax credit balance.

Susan Edwards also admitted her mother's manslaughter but both denied murder.

As the jury of eight women and four men delivered its unanimous verdicts, neither gave any reaction.

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