Man and woman in court over murder of father in Wolverhampton flat
A man and woman have appeared in court charged with murdering a father who was found beaten to death in a flat.
Simon Wilkins, 27, and Jodie Rafferty, 33, appeared at Wolverhampton Crown Court on Thursday afternoon.
The victim, 39-year-old Artura Busma was found in a flat on Tettenhall Road, in Wolverhampton, on April 23.
A post-mortem examination revealed he suffered significant blunt force trauma to his head and body.
Wilkins and Rafferty, who appeared via video-link, spoke only to confirm their names, date of birth and addresses at the hearing on Thursday.
Neither Wilkins or Rafferty, from different addresses on Tettenhall Road, in Wolverhampton, entered a plea during the hearing.
A provisional trial date has been set for October 26, the court was told.
At the hearing on Thursday, Judge Michael Chambers QC adjourned the hearing until September 7 when both defendants are expected to make a plea. He remanded them in custody until the next hearing.
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