Conor Chapman pleads not guilty to murder of Elle Edwards

A man has denied the murder of Elle Edwards, who was shot at a Wallasey public house on Christmas Eve.

At approximately 11:50pm on December 24, while socializing with friends at the Lighthouse pub in Wallasey Village, the beautician aged 26 was fatally shot.

Merseyside Police said that Ms Edwards was not the intended target. Four men were also wounded.

During a hearing at Liverpool Crown Court conducted via video-link from HMP Manchester, Connor Chapman, aged 23 of no fixed abode, pleaded not guilty to charges of murder, attempted murder (two counts), wounding (three counts), possessing a firearm, possessing ammunition, and handling stolen goods.

These charges were related to a converted Skorpion submachine gun and a stolen Mercedes A class vehicle, that allegedly took place between December 22 and December 26.

Chapman, who was dressed in a grey tracksuit, only spoke to confirm his name and enter his pleas.

Thomas Waring, of Private Drive, Barnston, currently being held at HMP Altcourse in Liverpool, entered a plea of not guilty to charges of possessing a firearm and assisting an offender by disposing of the car allegedly used by Mr. Chapman after the shooting.

Both men were remanded in custody and are due to stand trial at the same court on 12 June 2023.

Image: Elle Edwards/Family handout

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