Jury is selected for Jayden murder trial

Oxford Mail: The case is being heard at Oxford Crown Court The case is being heard at Oxford Crown Court

A JURY has been selected in the trial of the man accused of murdering 17-year-old Jayden Parkinson.

Ben Blakeley, of Christchurch Road, Reading, has pleaded guilty to manslaughter and perverting the course of justice, but denies murdering the teenager.

He appeared at Oxford Crown Court yesterday alongside a 17-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons and who denies perverting the course of justice.

Jayden’s body was found at All Saints’ churchyard in Didcot on December 18 last year. Blakeley and his co-defendant are in custody. The jury will be sworn in on Monday.

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