Two in court accused of murdering Fife woman with hammer


A man and woman from west Fife appeared at the High Court today charged with the murder of Claire Turnbull.

Aaron Donald (28) and Laura McMurdo (29) are accused of killing Ms Turnbull (pictured above) at a flat in Blairhall on 5th October.

It is alleged that the 36-year-old was held by the throat and punched before being struck on the head with a hammer repeatedly.

The pair face a separate charge of then attempting to defeat the ends of justice.

This includes claims they changed clothes after the alleged murder and hid the hammer in a bag.

Donald and McMurdo made their first public appearance in the dock today during a hearing at the High Court in Glasgow.

Donald made no plea while McMurdo pleaded not guilty.

Lady Stacey adjourned the case until a further hearing next month.

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