TWO men were today due in court to stand trial over the murder of granddad John “Jonty” Hall.
The body of Shiney Row man Mr Hall was found miles from his home on Sunday, September 15.
The 46-year-old, a dad-of-two, had suffered multiple injuries leading up to his death.
The discovery of his body was made by a passing dog walker in Marks Lane, West Rainton.
Three men were subsequently charged with Mr Hall’s murder.
However, one of the men, Paul Tate, 49, of Shiney Row, was found dead in his cell at Holme House Prison in Stockton, Teesside, in September.
Nicholas Rought, 45, of Princess Street, Shiney Row, and Stuart Smith, 42, of no fixed address, were today due at Newcastle Crown Court over allegations that they murdered Mr Hall.
Rought and Smith denied murder when they appeared via videolink from HMP Durham at a hearing in December.
The trial is expected to last for 10 days.
An inquest into Mr Hall’s death is scheduled for next month at Sunderland Coroner’s Court.