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Christopher Grenfell charged with murdering James Simpson in Ashgill

James Simpson
Image caption James Simpson died after the incident at his home in Ashgill

A man charged with the murder of a pensioner who was allegedly hit by his own car is to stand trial in August.

Christopher Grenfell, 25, is accused of killing 76-year-old James Simpson outside his home in Ashgill, South Lanarkshire, on 29 November 2011.

It is claimed he helped steal the OAP's Land Rover Discovery before repeatedly driving the 4x4 over his body leaving him so severely injured that he died.

Mr Grenfell denies the charges. The trial is expected to last 12 days.

Mr Grenfell's co-accused William MacVicar, 23, also joined him in the dock at the High Court in Glasgow.

The pair both face a separate allegation that they and unknown individuals conspired to carry out car thefts.

The charge includes a claim that they broke into Mr Simpson's home and stole a set of keys before taking the Land Rover.

Mr Grenfell and Mr MacVicar are also charged with attempting to defeat the ends of justice.

The pair deny the charges.

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