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Four quizzed on drug dealer death

Police questioned four men about the murder of a drug dealer in Derry but have yet to charge them, an inquest heard.

James McConnell, 38, was shot by two masked men at his home in Woodland Avenue, Prehen, on 11 February 2009.

The suspects were arrested last summer, three released on bail due to report back to police this year, a lawyer for the PSNI told the preliminary hearing.

Susan Tew said: "The murder is still the subject of criminal investigation. It is still a very active inquiry.

"There was a new phase of the investigation in July last year, with four arrests in connection with the murder and associated offences.

"It is considered that the investigation will continue for the foreseeable future. The family are being kept abreast of any developments in the investigation."

She told the Belfast hearing she did not have information about the outcome of the fourth arrest.

Coroner Suzanne Anderson said she would like some information regarding the progress of the three people who are out on bail.

She adjourned the case for three months.

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