A 49-year-old Co Antrim man, who claims he accidentally shot his former lover while intending to kill himself in front of her, has been formally arraigned before the Crown Court with her murder.
Fred McClenaghan pleaded not guilty at the Antrim court, sitting in Belfast, when the charge of murdering 51-year-old Marion Millican on March 11 last year was put to him.
McClenaghan, from Broad Street, Magherafelt, was remanded back into custody to await his trial once forensic and other reports were completed.
No details were given to the court about the tragic shooting of the mother of four as she sat eating her lunch in the Portstewart launderette where she worked.
But during an earlier High court bail application the court heard claims that her shotgun shooting was an accident as McClenaghan planned to commit suicide.
However, a prosecution lawyer claimed that the shooting of Ms Millican, which came months after her relationship with McClenaghan had broken up, was premeditated and not committed on the spur of the moment.