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December 6, 2006

Castree’s Murder Trial Set For June

There have been a couple updates in the arrest of former British comics retailer Ronald Castree, who was arrested November 3 as a prime suspect in the famed 1975 murder of 11-year-old schoolgirl Lesley Molseed. According to this piece, which isn't exactly new but ran a week after my last posting, Castree appeared before a judge and had a provisional trial date set of June 5. Preparatory business matters leading up to that trial were set for January and March. Also, this is the first place I read the former Manchester-area retailer will be defended in this case by Jonathan Rose, a lawyer who wrote a book on the case in 1998.

The Lesley Molseed case is a famous one because of the horrifying nature of the crime and because the wrong man was initially convicted. Stefan Kiszko was exonerated in 1992, and died six months later of a heart attack.

The gallery for Castree's hearing was packed with family and interested parties.
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