Barker murder trial underway

April 18, 2023 6:37 pm in by

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The murder trial of a Swansea couple accused of murdering their son-in-law has begun in Launceston.

The jury sworn in, despite nearly 100 people not turning up for jury duty on Monday; Justice Robert Pearce warning that no-shows risk a $5000 fine or three months behind bars.

The pair were arrested and charged around a decade after the shooting death of Shane Barker at his Campbell Town home in 2009.

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They have both pleaded not guilty.

Among dozens of witnesses set to give evidence in the extensive trial is Mr Barker’s estranged wife – and daughter of the accused – Rachel Barker, with proceedings estimated to take upwards of two months.