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Teenager denies murder of Karl Gallagher in Smethwick

By Dayna Farrington | Smethwick | News | Published:

A teenager has denied the murder of Karl Gallagher who was stabbed to death in Smethwick.

Tributes at West Cross Shopping Centre where Karl Gallagher, inset, was killed

Tyrell Harris, 19, pleaded not guilty to murder at Wolverhampton Crown Court on Thursday afternoon.

Harris, of Helvellyn Way, in West Bromwich, spoke only to confirm his name, date of birth, address and to enter his plea.

A trial, which could last up to two weeks, has been set for October 26.

The scene at West Cross shopping centre where Karl Gallagher was stabbed. Photo: SnapperSK

Mr Gallagher died from a single stab wound to the chest after being knifed at West Cross Shopping Centre, in Smethwick, at around 4.40pm on April 26.

The 31-year-old, who was from Smethwick and had one daughter, was one of four people stabbed in three West Midlands knife attacks in the space of 30 hours.

One of the other attacks took place just 100 yards away from the murder scene.

Three other men arrested on suspicion of murder have been released on bail while the investigation continues.

Three men arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender have also been released pending investigation, as has a man arrested on suspicion of obstructing police.

At the hearing on Thursday, Judge Michael Chambers QC adjourned the hearing until the trial date and remanded Harris in custody.

Dayna Farrington

By Dayna Farrington
Senior reporter based at Wolverhampton

Reporter for the Express & Star based at Wolverhampton.

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