Royal Marine rugby murder case continues

Blayne Shepard, accused of beating former Royal Marine Brett Williams to death, is expected back in the Durban Magistrates’ Court today.

Shepard and three others were accused of beating Williams to death outside Kings Park Stadium on the night of March 23 2013, after the Sharks beat the Melbourne Rebels in a Super Rugby match.

Yesterday, Shepard told the court that he did not touch Williams.

He also denied witnesses’ testimonies that he “flexed his muscles” during the group brawl in which Williams died, and that he had kicked, hit, and stomped on Williams.

Five people were initially accused for Williams’ death.

The fifth accused, Grant Cramer, turned state witness, and the other three, Andries van der Merwe, Dustin van Wyk, and Shepard’s older brother Kyle, were discharged last month.

They had each faced a charge of murder, three of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm, one of crimen injuria and one of public violence.

Magistrate Trevor Levitt ruled “uneasily” that the evidence against the three did not reach the required standards of a trial.

Shepard would be tried for murder, but was discharged on all other counts.

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