Teen couple in court over murders
Two 14-year-olds have appeared in court charged with murdering a mother and her teenage daughter, as it emerged that their bodies may have lain undiscovered in their home for two days.
The teenagers, said to be a couple, were remanded in secure youth accommodation following a hearing at Lincoln Crown Court. The pair cannot be named for legal reasons.
The victims, primary school dinner lady Elizabeth Edwards (49) and her daughter Katie, were found at a property in Spalding, Lincolnshire, on Friday afternoon, but it is believed they could have been killed as early as Wednesday. Katie (13) was said to have been stabbed to death in her bed.
Neither of the 14-year-olds showed any emotion as they sat flanked by three security officers in the dock. The boy, wearing a navy blue jumper, and the girl, in grey, only spoke to confirm their names.
Judge Michael Heath ordered that the pair should appear back in court on June 27 for a plea hearing. A trial date was set for October 17.
Meanwhile, relatives of the victims paid tribute on social media sites - with a teenage friend of Katie describing her as being "like a sister" and Ms Edwards as a second mother.
Ms Edwards's partner, Graham Green, wrote a tribute on Facebook along with a picture of the pair together.