52-year-old man to be charged with murder of journalist Lyra McKee

epa07525351 The service sheet for the funeral service of murdered journalist Lyra McKee in St Anne's Cathedral in Belfast, Northern Ireland, 24 April 2019. Lyra McKee was shot dead while observing rioting in Londonderry (Derry) on 18 April 2019. EPA-EFE/Brian Lawless / POOL

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A 52-year-old man has been charged with the murder of journalist Lyra McKee, police in Northern Ireland said Wednesday.

In a statement the police said “Detectives from the PSNI’s Major Investigation Team have charged a 52 year old man with the murder of 29 year old journalist Lyra McKee, who was shot dead by terrorists in Derry/Londonderry on 18 April 2019.”

The man, from the city who was arrested by detectives yesterday and taken to Musgrave Serious Crime Suite, is also charged with possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life and professing to be a member of a proscribed organisation. He will appear at Londonderry Magistrates Court on Thursday,13 February.

Detective Superintendent Jason Murphy said: “I have always said a number of individuals were involved with the gunman on the night Lyra was killed, and while today is significant for the investigation the quest for the evidence to bring the gunman to justice remains active and ongoing.”

 

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