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William Paterson in court over Kevin 'Gerbil' Carroll murder

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Image caption Kevin Carroll was killed in an Asda car park in Robroyston

A man charged with murdering gangland figure Kevin 'Gerbil" Carroll has made his first public court appearance.

William Paterson, 35, is accused of repeatedly shooting Mr Carroll, 29, outside the Asda store in Glasgow's Robroyston area on 13 January 2010.

He is also accused of fleeing to Spain 10 days after the shooting.

Mr Paterson's lawyer entered a plea of not guilty during a hearing at the High Court in Glasgow. Judge Lord Burns set a further hearing for next month.

It is claimed that while masked and acting with others, Mr Paterson repeatedly discharged loaded handguns at Mr Carroll, shooting him on the head and body.

Firearms charges

He is also accused of attempting to defeat the ends of justice.

The indictment claims that on 23 January 2010 he boarded a flight from Glasgow to Malaga "to avoid arrest, prosecution and conviction".

Mr Paterson further faces a number of firearms charges as well as another accusation of attempting to defeat the ends of justice.

He is also said to have been involved in the reset of a car, or an alternative accusation of being in the vehicle knowing it had been taken without consent.

Mr Paterson's lawyer Des Finnieston pleaded not guilty on his behalf and said he was not ready for a trial to be fixed.

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