Lucy Letby was originally accused of murdering eight babies and attempting to kill ten more. Today a judge officially ruled that a murder case be declared acquitted
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A nurse accused of multiple baby murders has been acquitted of one of the charges at a court hearing.
Lucy Letby, 32, was originally accused of murdering eight babies and attempting to kill 10 others.
At a hearing at Manchester Crown Court on Friday, Nick Johnson QC said prosecutors had produced no evidence in any of the murder counts.
Mr Justice Goss formally ordered an acquittal to be included in this charge.
Letby pleads not guilty to all of the remaining charges at an earlier hearing.
She appeared in court via video link from HMP Bronzefield on Friday, speaking only to confirm her name during an 80-minute hearing that addressed unreportable matters before her trial.
Around a dozen parents of the children involved sat in the stands and watched the proceedings.
Letby is said to have killed the babies while he was working in the Countess of Chester Hospital’s neonatal unit in Chester.
She denies the murder of five little boys and two little girls and the attempted murder of five little boys and five little girls.
A court order prohibits the disclosure of the identities of surviving and dead children allegedly attacked by Letby and prohibits the identification of parents or witnesses linked to the children.
The Hereford defendant was remanded in custody to appear for a further pre-trial hearing on 29 July.
Her trial at Manchester Crown Court, which is expected to last up to six months, is due to start on October 4.
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