A father has denied murdering his teenage daughter and sending text messages from her phone afterwards to give the impression she was still alive.
Scott Walker, 50, pleaded not guilty to the murder of 17-year-old Bernadette Walker, who has not been seen or heard from since July, last year.
Walker is accused of murdering the girl on 18 July and sending text messages from her phone for more than a month afterwards to make it appear she was still alive.
He and his wife, Sarah, 38, are charged with two counts of perverting the course of justice over the messages, which authorities say continued until 12 September.
It is also claimed that on 21 July, they provided false information to police relating to their daughter’s disappearance.
Scott Walker denied the charges at a virtual hearing at St Albans Crown Court on Friday, a court official said, while Sarah Walker was not asked to enter pleas.
A trial has been fixed for 21 June at Cambridge Crown Court, which is expected to last for two to three weeks.
Sarah Walker is expected to be asked to enter pleas within the next four weeks.
The defendants, both of Millfield, Peterborough, were remanded into custody.
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