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Alleged killer who denies stabbing man at Walsall nightclub tells jury his friend confessed to the crime

An alleged killer accused of fatally stabbing a man on a Walsall club dance floor admitted being in a scuffle with him but told a jury it was his friend who committed the crime.

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Akeem Francis-Kerr

Edward Wilson is accused of stabbing Akeem Francis-Kerr in the neck at Valesha’s nightclub in Walsall just after 5am on March 11.

Mr Francis-Kerr, 29, died within an hour of being stabbed in what prosecutors say was a dispute over who was standing where in the nightclub.

Wilson, 39, from Oldbury, is standing trial at Stafford Crown Court accused of murder and yesterday(Wed) took the witness stand to tell the jury his version of events.

He said he had gone out with his friend that night, first to a couple of bars in Dudley before heading to Walsall. Wilson told the court the pair went to Lexx Bar in Bridge Street before heading to Valesha’s nightclub.

He said he had been carrying a bag which contained a passport, bank card and cash but denied that he had a knife or shiv.

When he got to Valesha’s nightclub, Wilson told the jury he was in a ‘happy mood’ and was searched on the way in.

When asked what the search entailed, he replied: “A pat down and they put a wand over me.”

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