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Ella Parker killing: Man pleads not guilty to murder

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Image caption Ella Parker was five months pregnant with her first child at the time of her death

A 24-year-old man has pleaded not guilty to the murder of a pregnant woman in Milton Keynes.

Ella Parker, 29, was found dead in her home in New Bradwell on 7 December. She was five months pregnant at the time.

A post-mortem examination found Ms Parker died as a result of puncture wounds to the neck.

Ryan Blacknell, of no fixed address, appeared at Luton Crown Court via video link from a secure unit to confirm his name and enter his plea.

His trial is due to take begin on 8 May.

Ms Parker's family has said she was looking forward to becoming a mother for the first time.

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