Walton care home murder accused Ronald King makes second court appearance

Court artist sketch of Ronald King appearing by video link at Chelmsford Crown Court from HMP Chelms

Court artist sketch of Ronald King appearing by video link at Chelmsford Crown Court from HMP Chelmsford. Picture: Elizabeth Cook/PA Wire - Credit: PA

The man accused of murdering a woman at a care home in Walton-on-the-Naze could face a trial in July.

Essex Police work at the scene of a shooting at De La Mer House in Walton on the Naze.

Essex Police work at the scene of a shooting at De La Mer House in Walton on the Naze. - Credit: Su Anderson

Ronald King, 86, has been charged with killing Rita King, 81, at De La Mer House in Naze Park Road on Monday.

King, of Cedar Close, Walton, appeared at Chelmsford Crown Court via a video link from HMP Chelmsford this morning for a preliminary hearing.

Asked if he could hear proceedings, he told the court clerk: “Yes dear.”

At one point he asked to address the judge directly and thanked the court for its time.

Chelmsford Crown Court

Chelmsford Crown Court - Credit: Lucy taylor


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His barrister Patrick Upward QC told the court he would not be making a bail application on behalf of his client.

Prosecutor Richard Stevens requested seven weeks to prepare papers in the case.

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Judge Charles Gratwicke ordered a plea and case management hearing to take place on March 3.

He set a provisional trial date of July 4.

Mrs King is understood to have been suffering from dementia.

A post-mortem examination on Tuesday morning found the provisional cause of her death was a gunshot wound to the head.

Essex Police said the bullet came from what is a believed to be a 1934 Enfield revolver which was recovered at the scene.

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