A MAN accused of killing his brother at a shopping centre has made his first appearance in front of a crown court judge.
Anthony Marshall is accused of the manslaughter of Michael Marshall in Morpeth, Northumberland, last year.
Michael Marshall – known as Little Elvis because of his passion for karaoke – was pronounced dead in hospital two hours after he was assaulted in Morpeth’s Sanderson Arcade on August 23.
His brother appeared at Newcastle Crown Court yesterday, where a timetable for the case was set out.
The charges were not put but the court heard Marshall is likely to plead not guilty and the cause of death may be an issue in the case.
A provisional trial date was set for May 14 and Marshall will be back at court for a plea and case management hearing on March 23.
Mr Marshall, 52, who lived alone in a bungalow in Stobhill, Morpeth, was attacked and left unconscious after becoming involved in a verbal altercation with a man.
He was given first aid at the scene but could not be saved.
Anthony Marshall, 50, of Broome Road, Carrville, County Durham, was arrested following the tragedy and charged with unlawfully killing his brother when he responded to his police bail on December 7.
Marshall was further released on unconditional bail.