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Fears over Stone retrial.

MICHAEL STONE, convicted of the murders of mother and daughter Lin and Megan Russell, would not be able to have a fair trial if he was ordered to face a second jury, the Court of Appeal was told today.

William Clegg QC, for Stone, aged 40, who won his appeal against his conviction this week, told three judges in London this was because of the wealth of "prejudicial" material adverse to him published in the media.

Mr Clegg was opposing an application by the Crown for a retrial.

The judges have not yet quashed the murder convictions and were expected to rule today on a new trial. If they do not order a retrial, Stone could walk free today.

The judges ruled on Tuesday that Stone's appeal "must succeed" on the basis of the unreliability of key prosecution witness Barry Thompson, who gave evidence at Stone's trial claiming he had confessed to the killings in prison.

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