Jury sent out in murder trial

Police Tent on moors off Turvin Road, above Cragg Vale.

Police Tent on moors off Turvin Road, above Cragg Vale.

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A jury is starting its second day of deliberation in the trial of a fell-runner accused of murdering his lover and burying her in a shallow grave on moorland.

Adrian Muir, 51, from Calder Terrace, Copley, denies murdering grandmother Pamela Jackson, 55, from Chester-le-Street, County Durham.

The mother of three vanished from her home in March and her body was discovered in a shallow grave on moorland in Cragg Vale in May.

By then Muir, a stonemason who said he knew every inch of the moors, had been charged with her murder.

The jury at Newcastle Crown Court has been told he fractured her skull following a row at her home and he dumped her body 120 miles away that night.

Muir denies the charge, claiming he loved her and that the real killer had tried to implicate him in the murder.